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Bay Delta Conservation Plan opponents ask Brown to release water bond language

Bay Delta Conservation Plan opponents ask Brown to release water bond language

By Dan Bacher | August 9, 2014 |

In an email sent to his campaign supporters on August 5, Governor Jerry Brown called for a “no frills, no pork” $6 billion bond that would be “tunnels neutral.” 

Opponents of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan’s proposed $67 billion tunnels quickly challenged the claim that the bond is” tunnels neutral” – and called for Brown to release the language of his water bond.

Brown explained the reasons for his pared down bond in his email, one of only three his campaign staff have sent out to supporters during his reelection campaign:
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Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

Micke Grove Zoo growing its conservation efforts with sustainable edible garden

San Joaquin County, CA – As part of its efforts to conserve and protect earth’s resources, Micke Grove Zoo follows the action program of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” The Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists created a soil bed that is used to compost kitchen waste and two separate beds for growing produce. The kitchen waste includes leftover or unusable portions of animal diets created in the animal kitchen. The animal kitchen is where diets are prepared for all of the captive wildlife housed at the Micke Grove Zoo.

Cosumnes Community Services District to Scale Back Watering at Elk Grove Parks

Cosumnes Community Services District to Scale Back Watering at Elk Grove Parks

In response to the recent water conservation mandate from the State of California, the Cosumnes Community Services District (CCSD) announced today a significant reduction in watering schedules for the parks they manage.

Starting this Friday, the CCSD will water landscape turf and plants three days a week and close four spraygrounds that do not have water recirculation systems. Those parks, Backer Park, Kunsting Park, Stephenson Park, and Wright Park, will close July 31 rather than on their scheduled closing of September 15. ... Read More

Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall

Department of Water Resources Faces $60 Million Shortfall

By Dan Bacher

It appears that California is not only running out of water during the drought, but it is running out of money to move that water because of mismanagement, according to the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN). 

The environmental group accused the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) of facing a $60 million shortfall after failing to collect $125 million owed by water contractors. 

“Even as it continues to promote the ruinously expensive, environmentally destructive and ultimately unworkable Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), the California Department of Water Resources has failed to collect $125 million for ongoing operations owed by water contractors, and now faces a $60 million shortfall,” according to a C-WIN media release. ... Read More

Board approves emergency water rules as Brown promotes tunnels and fracking

Board approves emergency water rules as Brown promotes tunnels and fracking

By Dan Bacher | July 19, 2014 |

As the State Water Resources Control Board approved new emergency regulations to fine residential “water hogs” up to $500 a day, Californians Against Fracking urged Governor Jerry Brown to ban the environmentally destructive, water intensive oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”... Read More

6 things you should know about sunscreen

6 things you should know about sunscreen
By Jeff Maher/News10 Did you know that about 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society? Remember to protect your skin and use sunscreen if you're heading outdoors this Memorial Day. Here are six things to know and consider about sunscreen as summer kicks off: 1. Check labels for the term "broad-spectrum." That means it protects against both the UVA rays which cause wrinkles and cancer as well as the UVB rays which cause burns. 2. Dermatologists say SPF 30 is the new SPF 15. Doctors are now recommending SPF 30 more than SPF 15 because the former blocks 97 percent of UVB rays. 3. Check expiration dates. Sunscreen becomes less effective about three years after you open the container. 4. Apply at least two layers of sunscreen. 5.

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.