Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

Toxic blooms

Algae outbreaks being fed by drought, climate, pollution

An algae bloom at Pinto Lake near Watsonville. STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD

State Water Board

Water Deeply

From the Klamath River to Lake Elsinore, aquatic algae blooms seem to be hitting every part of California. A kind of algae known as Micrycystis aeruginosa is the culprit in most cases. The problem can be particularly acute in the Delta. As a result, understanding and containing these algae blooms is important to public health. One environmental scientist takes a closer look at these toxic blooms.


An eye-opening flight over state's dying forests

San Francisco Chronicle

Even before the plane left the runway, it was clear the crew of researchers examining the fallout from California's historic drought would not return with good news. A column of gray smoke from a smoldering brush fire was visible from McClellan Airfield outside Sacramento, a reminder of the threat that the hot, dry weather posed for the state's forests — the subject of this high-flying mission.


Wolk's climate change bill heads to Assembly

Vacaville Reporter

The Assembly Committee on Appropriations voted 13-6 Wednesday to approve a measure by Senator Lois Wolk, D-Solano, to promote the protection and management of natural and working lands as part of California's ongoing efforts to meet its climate change goals.

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