California

March 25, 2015 to March 27, 2015

Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century

UC Berkeley, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and National Geographic Society, presents this summit convening natural and social scientists, managers and practitioners to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the NPS.

"Keeping the Dust Down in California’s Owens Valley"

"Don’t call Ted Schade a hero — definitely not an environmental one. Even though he’s largely responsible for the cleanup of cancer-causing dust from Southern California’s Owens Lake, something he accomplished by waging a decades-long David vs. Goliath battle against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — Schade will tell you: He is not a hero."

Source: High Country News, 03/02/2015

LAFD Failed To Properly Inspect Hundreds of Hazardous Sites, State Says

"The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday."

Source: LA Times, 03/02/2015

Is Your Audience in an Oil Train Blast Zone?

After a February 16, 2015, oil train derailment and explosion in West Virginia, new concerns have arisen over the public's right to know about the dangers oil trains pose to communities. Now trackside communities have some data and maps to help them protect themselves. Image: AP Photo/ Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch.

Arsenic, Nitrates Among Pollutants in California Drinking Water: Report

"California’s public drinking water systems violated safety levels for contaminants more than 1,000 times during the 2012-2013 fiscal year says a report that cites high levels in some water systems of arsenic, nitrates and other pollutants."

Source: Reuters, 02/19/2015

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