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Calif. Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

"California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases."

Source: NY Times, 03/27/2017

"Delicious and Nearly Extinct, Can White Abalone Be Saved?"

"On a rainy winter evening, biologist Kristin Aquilino was rummaging through the trunk of her pickup truck in the Bodega Marine Lab parking lot. She was looking for a rubber spatula—a tool she needed to pry a recently captured white abalone from inside an ice chest brimming with seawater."

Source: KQED, 03/23/2017

EPA Budget Cuts Threaten a Program Near You

As the Trump administration proposes big cuts at environmental agencies like the U.S. EPA, the latest TipSheet explores how to dig up local angles from the budget action. Examples: Tracking changes at EPA regional offices and labs, at Superfund or at state revolving funds for clean water and safe drinking water programs.

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"San Jose Flood: City Knew About Flood Risk, Discussed Evacuations"

"SAN JOSE — New records and details emerged Friday about the disastrous Coyote Creek floods showing that San Jose officials were aware of the risks and prepared extensively for flooding, yet held off alerting residents as waters rose out of fear of unnecessarily alarming people."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 03/06/2017

Calif. Gov. Proposes Spending $437 Million On Aging Dams, Flood Control

"California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday proposed spending $437 million for flood control and emergency response and preparedness, days after damage at the country's tallest dam, located northeast of the state capital, led to the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people downstream."

Source: Reuters, 02/27/2017

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