Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

Unprecedented

State's 102 million dead trees an ecological disaster

In May, an aerial survey of was conducted in Placerville, near the Sacramento area. LOS ANGELES TIMES

L.A. Times

Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register & Fresno Bee

The number of dead trees in California's drought-stricken forests has risen to more than 102 million in what officials described as an unparalleled ecological disaster that heightens the danger of massive wildfires and damaging erosion. But although removing dying trees is costing tens of millions of dollars, some see a silver lining in more jobs, increased revenue in the mountain communities and forests with a healthier future.

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Delta tunnels could worsen toxic algae blooms

Stockton Record

The governor’s proposed Delta tunnels could worsen toxic algae blooms like the one that stunk up Stockton’s downtown waterfront this year, according to expert testimony last week. The testimony was one aspect of a multi-pronged attack by the county and Delta farmers against the $15 billion project, which is the subject of extensive ongoing hearings in Sacramento.

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Trump's Valley water pledge easier said than done

KQED San Francisco & Fresno Bee

President-elect Donald Trump might have trouble living up to one of his more sweeping campaign promises in California. "We're gonna solve your water problem," he told a Fresno audience in May. So how easy would it be for Trump to upend water policy in California, sending more water to farms and less to the environment?

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