Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

A fresh look

Federal agencies to overhaul rules governing the Delta

Delta smelt abundance. SACRAMENTO BEE

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Sacramento Bee

Scientists from two federal agencies are about to overhaul the rules governing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, possibly increasing protections for endangered fish populations and limiting the amount of water pumped to Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. The old rules will remain in effect during the review, which could take two years or longer.

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New program pays farmers to grow wildlife habitat

Water Deeply

Besides the drought, increased development, population growth, pollution and other pressures have almost eliminated most of the vital riparian and wetland habitat in many areas of California. To combat this, a voluntary program that gives farmers and ranchers incentives to create wildlife habitats on their land.

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10 years later: Assessing the global warming law

Public Policy Institute of California

Ten years ago, California enacted a law to combat global warming that set an ambitious goal: reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Today, the state is poised to reach this target, and policymakers are discussing aiming for a new one.

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