“California water agencies have filed arguments in a federal appeals court challenging a lower court judge’s decision that upheld the expansion of the Santa Ana Sucker fish’s critical habitat, much of which is in the Inland Empire.”
“The state’s water agency charged with overseeing the world’s worst known groundwater plume of chromium-6 has approved a key study that engineers say is essential for large-scale clean-up of the contamination made famous in the year 2000 movie ‘Erin Brockovich.’ …
“Meeting in Barstow Wednesday night, the six-member Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board approved an environmental impact report, which outlines several methods that PG&E will be allowed to use in cleaning up the plume.
“A ReWire investigation has revealed that since mid-March, two large industrial solar power plants in California’s remote, arid desert may have killed or injured more than 20 birds commonly associated with lakes or wetlands rather than the open desert surrounding the projects.”
“A massive proposed solar energy project south of Blythe that was suspended by its backers in January was formally canceled on Monday. The Rio Mesa Solar Electric Generating System, which would have put two 750-foot-tall power towers on a bluff in view of the Colorado River, had attracted criticism for its effect on fossil resurces and wildlife, as well as the cost of the power it would have generated.”
“The tab to defend San Bernardino County against nine lawsuits opposing a pipeline project environmentalists say will drain a swath of the Mojave Desert of precious groundwater grew to $1.5 million Tuesday after county supervisors approved an increase in legal costs.”