“A state regulatory agency on Thursday gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 60 days to submit a plan for restoring 49 acres of wildlife habitat that it plowed under at two locations along the Los Angeles River without proper authorization.”
“On Monday, Nov. 4, regional experts will present information to the public about the impacts of historic mining pollution in our community. Specific sites in Nevada County that will be covered include Hirschman’s Pond, the Deer Creek Tribute Trail bridge site and Lonesome Lake on the San Juan Ridge, according to a news release issued by The Sierra Fund.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Patricia Pérez and Marce Gutiérrez:
“This month, a handful of Latino lawmakers stood clapping along with a gathering of Angelenos furious about pollution spewing from a plant that smelts lead to make car batteries. … Environmental priorities for us go beyond wildlife and woodlands.
From the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Food and Agriculture:
“The California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture today released a detailed draft action plan to help guide state efforts and resources on one of California’s most important resources, water.
“The California Water Action Plan will focus on the reliability of our water supply, the needed ecosystem restoration to bring our water system back into balan
“Falcons and hawks trained and flown by Adam Chavez of San Juan Capistrano evidently have succeeded – at least for now – in scaring away sea gulls blamed for polluting the beach with their droppings in recent years. The birds hung out by the hundreds at a freshwater pond at the mouth of a Poche flood-control channel.”
“Pesticides, flame retardants and other chemicals used in homes and businesses have been found in San Francisco Bay at levels that could pose hazards to aquatic life if they go unchecked, according to a new report. …
“The [San Francisco Bay Regional] Water Quality Control Board and other bay monitors, including the San Francisco Estuary Institute and companies and municipalities that discharge wastewater into the bay, published the report in advance of the biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference.
“California’s gold rush may long be over, but mercury-contaminated soil from mining activities in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada continues to flow downstream, impacting fish and the environment, a new study suggests.”
“Two months after the state water board approved rules for agricultural water quality, a panel of experts discussed a slew of ways the Salinas Valley could address the issue at a public forum at CSU Monterey Bay on Thursday.
“Officials from Ventura County and the Central Valley outlined their methods for dealing with ag water quality regulations, including a cooperative approach with regional water board officials, use of best management practices and a farmers-only coalition.”
“One of the impediments to improving Salinas Valley groundwater quality is, ironically, the regulatory process established to protect it, a consensus of experts said Thursday during a panel discussion at California State University, Monterey Bay.
“The panel was composed of a Ventura County water expert, a groundwater coalition official from the Central Valley, a Central Coast wetlands conservation expert, a leading water quality scientist from CSU Monterey Bay, and a consultant experienced in Central Coast agriculture water quality issues.”
“A recent report is aiming to take care of Lake Tahoe’s near shore waters.
“The Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework was designed by the nonprofit organization Desert Research Institute, with University of Nevada, Reno and University of California, Davis researchers, in order to compile existing data and findings about the lake’s near shore water quality.”
“After six weeks, Dos Palos residents can again drink the city’s water without boiling it, according to City Manager Darrell Fonseca. …
“Clogs from algae buildup slowed water treatment to a halt last month and set off the city’s recent water woes, according to officials. The city’s water treatment system could not keep up with consumption.”
“The operator of Japan’s wrecked nuclear plant said Monday that rainwater from a weekend storm became contaminated as it collected behind barriers meant to stop radiation leaks. The toxic water overflowed those barriers at several locations, with some of it possibly spilling into the Pacific Ocean.”
“Firefighters emptied this town’s entire drinking water supply in minutes trying to snuff a grass fire in June — and a tense battle unfolded over the next few hours. … No one was hurt, but residents say their little water-holding tank is a disaster in the making.
“And it may not be the biggest hazard in the water system.
“Water diversion gates near Walnut Grove in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will close Monday morning, sealing off a shortcut important to boaters. … The closure is required to meet water quality standards in the Sacramento River.”
“Hinkley residents were ’shocked and dismayed’ when the California Department of Public Health issued a standard for chromium-6 regulation that doesn’t more closely match a public health goal already in place that is 500 times more stringent.
“Hinkley residents’ comments will be among those received by the agency on Friday during a public hearing at the Metropolitan Water District, 700 N. Alameda St., in Los Angeles.”