George Miller, who spent 40 years as a member of Congress before retiring in 2014, will be interviewed on my radio show "Down in the Valley" at 1 p.m. PDT on KFCF, 88.1 FM if you are in the Fresno area. Internet visitors can go to www.kfcf.org and listen to the show live streaming. Miller will be joined as a guest on the hour-long show by John Lawrence. who served as chief of staff for former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and also served as chief of staff to the House subcommittee on water and power in the 1990s. Lawrence served Congress in various roles for 38 years before retiring in 2013. Tune in.
Legendary Hudson River deferender Robert H. Boyle will be the guest today (feb. 9) on my radio show, Down in the Valley, on KFCF, 88.1 FM. If you can't listen on the radio you can hear it live streaming at www.kfcf.org. Bob Boyle was a reporter for Sports Illustrated for many years and wrote an article for SI 24 years ago about the disaster at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County. A link to Bob"s Sports Illustrated article on Kesterson is below.
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) staff today (Sept. 15) released a draft proposal to update water quality requirements for salinity in the southern Delta and water flows in major tributaries to the San Joaquin River (the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced Rivers), which drain into the southern Delta.
The refined salinity requirements reflect updated scientific information about salt levels that reasonably protect farming in the southern Delta. The new flow requirements for the San Joaquin River’s major tributaries recognize the vital role upstream water flows provide for habitat and migratory signals for native fish species. In summary, the draft proposes increasing flows for fish and wildlife and adjusts the salinity requirements to a slightly higher level to reflect updated scientific knowledge. READ MORE »
'Eureka moment' research into ocean selenium levels asks: Did mountains control evolution of humans?
Ontario’s New Energy Plan - Confronting Climate Change
By Emma Bailey
For too long, action against climate change has taken the form of vague promises and elusive legislation. However, with the recent passing of Ontario’s Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the establishment of a broader 5-year “Climate Change Action Plan”, quantitative measures and tangible progress towards emissions reduction are now in place in the province of Ontario, Canada. With the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) our neighbors to the north aim to drastically reduce greenhouse gas pollution (GHG), create jobs and shift all families and businesses towards a low-carbon economy.
By the year 2050 if all goes according to the “plan”, carbon emissions in the province will be 80 percent lower than they were in 1990 – an ambitious target which will require a dramatic restructuring of all infrastructure supporting Ontario’s current society.
From the offices of Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and Senator Lois Wolk:
Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and Senator Lois Wolk announced on Monday that they will request a state audit of California Water Fix, the new name for a very old project to divert water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. READ MORE »