Monday, May 23, 2016

Mixed decision

Judge upholds major provisions of complex Delta plan

Judge rejects most complaints in a flurry of lawsuits filed against Delta plan. MANNY CRISOSOTOMO / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

A judge has upheld major provisions of a state plan that lays out a long-term strategy for managing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, rejecting most complaints included in a cluster of long-standing lawsuits. But the judge also found that some aspects of the plan are inadequate, raising fresh questions about Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels through the estuary.

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EPA report: Western wetlands in poor condition

Eureka Times-Standard

A first-of-its-kind report card on the nation's wetland habitats shows the western U.S. is not doing a good job at keeping these disappearing ecosystems in good condition. The EPA report found only 21 percent of the 146 surveyed wetlands west of the Rocky Mountains were in "good" condition compared to about 61 percent in poor condition and 18 percent in fair condition.

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Long Beach sues Monsanto for PCB in waterways

Long Beach Post & WaterWorld

The City of Long Beach has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co., claiming the manufacturer's long-banned PCBs are responsible for contaminating the city's stormwater, port waters and other bodies of water. Long Beach joins San Jose, San Diego, Seattle, Oakland, Berkeley and Spokane, all of which have filed similar lawsuits.

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