Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

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Banned pesticides at illegal pot farms seep into waters

Blue-tinted water with fertilizer at an illegal marijuana growing site in Mendocino County. REUTERS

Reuters

Reuters

Toxic chemicals from illegal marijuana farms hidden deep in California's forests are showing up in rivers and streams that feed the state's water supply, data reviewed by Reuters show. The presence of potentially deadly pollutants in eight Northern and Central California watersheds is the latest sign of damage to the environment from thousands of illegal cannabis plantations.

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State of emergency issued for wildfires in Valley

Fresno Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown proclaimed a state of emergency Thursday for Madera, Tulare and Mariposa counties – each of which have been ravaged by major fires in the last week. Brown noted the strain of local resources and threat to people, property and critical infrastructure as the four fires continue to rage in the Valley.

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Steelhead trout return after historic dam removal

KQED San Francisco

When bulldozers crumbled the 94-year-old San Clemente Dam, it became the largest dam removal project in California history. Removing the dam served a dual purpose: to dislodge a seismic hazard and to restore the landscape, allowing endangered steelhead trout, among others, to return. So far, it's working.

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