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Saturday, 08 October 2016 05:59

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  • Supervisors extend state of emergency for marijuana-related problems

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    Siskiyou County supervisors last week supported Sheriff JonLopey’s assessment that illegal marijuana grows are detrimentalto the health and well being of local residents and approvedthe extension of a local state of emergency through 2020.View Original Article

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  • Folsom Dam is being raised. What that means for droughts, boating and your flood insurance

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    Combined with a safer spillway completed in 2017, federal damofficials say the flood-prone region is on its way to 300-yearor more flood safety, meaning there will only be a one-in-300chance in any given year that the combination dam anddownstream levee system will fail.Related article:Capital Public Radio: Folsom Dam is getting taller in effort to lower floodrisk in SacramentoView Original Articleread more

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  • Opinion: Valley Water partners to expand water supply

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    Although water purified at the Silicon Valley AdvancedPurification Center is not currently part of Santa ClaraCounty’s supply of drinking water, the goal is to make that areality within the next decade or so.View Original Article

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  • Carmel River flood control project finally reaches key stage

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    With the release of its final environmental review document,the long-awaited Carmel River flood control project aimed atreducing flooding risks and potential damage for homes andbusinesses while restoring habitat along the lower part of theriver and lagoon is on the verge of a crucial milestone.View Original Article

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  • California to build first geothermal power plants in a decade

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    Geothermal plants can generate emissions-free, renewableelectricity around the clock, unlike solar panels or windturbines. The technology has been used commercially for decadesand involves tapping naturally heated underground reservoirs tocreate steam and turn turbines.View Original Article

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  • Edison in hot water over dumping of debris, rocks into Mission Creek

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    Santa Barbara County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers haveissued notices of violation to Southern California Edison forits dumping of debris and rocks into Mission Creek near theInspiration Point hiking trail. … Mission Creek is SantaBarbara’s largest creek, flowing from the hills of MissionCanyon through the heart of downtown and to the Westside. It ishome to steelhead trout among other wildlife. View Original Article

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  • Vineyards versus vernal pools: On Napa’s Atlas Peak, a neighbors’ dispute turns ugly

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    In another valley, the disagreement might have blown overwithout fanfare. But in Napa, which has been wrestling withtensions between viticulture and environmental preservation,the fight over Igor Sill’s vineyard took on a largersignificance.View Original Article

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  • Update on the San Joaquin River Restoration Program

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    The main focus of the program are the barriers to fish passagefor salmon from Friant Dam to the ocean and back again. Thereare three key barriers: the East Side Bypass Control Structurewhich is in the flood bypass; Sack Dam, which is the intake forArroyo Canal for Henry Miller irrigation system; and MendotaDam which controls Mendota Pool. The program also needs toensure enough habitat for the fish when they return to completetheir life cycle,View Original Article

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  • Controlled burns prevent California wildfires, study says. Why aren’t there more?

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    Landowners are afraid of going bankrupt if a prescribed burnescapes control, the interviewees told researchers. Meanwhile,state and federal workers see little praise for successfulcontrolled burns, and face fears and possible backlash from arisk-averse public, wary of wildfire smoke and mishaps. TheStanford experts suggested those perceptions among the publicaren’t accurate.Related articles:KCRA TV: California launches new weapon againstwildfiresAssociated Press: Why tech has been slow to fight wildfires, extremeweatherSacramento Bee: Fire experts reveal ‘major shift in U.S. wildfirenorms’ — and people are to blameView Original Articleread more

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  • Reactivating our floodplains: A new way forward

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    At a panel discussion hosted by California Natural ResourcesSecretary Wade Crowfoot, the panelists discussed how byspreading out and slowing down water across the landscape canprovide multiple benefits year-round by allowing farmers tocultivate the land during the spring and summer, and providehabitat for fish and wildlife in the fall and winter months.View Original Article

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