“Nevada County’s law enforcement and environmental health
officials usually are the only ones to see first-hand the
devastation wrought by Mexican cartels that grow marijuana in
remote, rugged areas that are rarely visited by the public.
“A recent raid on such a grow on private land near Bowman Lake
was a near-perfect example of the undesirable impacts such
operations can have on the county’s vital watersheds.”
“County officials appear ready to move ahead with interim rules
limiting land use near creeks in the San Geronimo Valley and
perhaps elsewhere — and may be willing to revise the countywide
plan to do so.
“The Board of Supervisors seemed ready to give a tentative
blessing to staff recommendations that were based on proposals
from a board committee, but left key questions in limbo pending
a Sept. 17 hearing.
“What we really need is ‘the science, the whole science and
nothing but the science.’ But the plain truth is that every
special interest group out there — whether it’s a federal agency,
a utility company, an environmental group, or a local special
interest group — works to have the science considered that most
supports their individual preferred outcomes.
“Placer Land Trust has teamed with the Emigrant Trails Greenway
Trust to acquire another 160 acres of land on the North Fork
American River at Gillis Hill, guaranteeing a five-mile stretch
of the river stays forever wild and scenic.”
“The American River Parkway, a 23-mile gem of the region,
spanning more than 4,000 acres surrounding a wild and scenic
river, once was a model for parkways across the country. In the
last decade, however, it has been threatened by budget cuts.”
“On Tuesday, the leaders of the nonprofit L.A. River
Revitalization Corp. used a riverside press conference at North
Atwater Park to trumpet its plan to complete a continuous bike
path and greenway along all 51 miles of the river, extending
from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, by 2020. …
“Yet the scope of those projects is minor compared to proposals
being prepared by the U.S.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA:
“At a hearing before the House Resources committee on July 17,
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said she has paused the
controversial ‘Blueways’ program designed to draw attention to