California

"Rural Towns Devise Unique Plan To Solve Water Problems"

"For a good part of its rich history, residents of unincorporated Allensworth, the first African American colony west of the Mississippi, have gone without a reliable supply of safe drinking water."

This is still the case today, where the Tulare County community's wells -- which provide water to the neighboring Colonel Allensworth State Historical Park that commemorates the area's legacy -- exceed federal levels for arsenic.

Source: California Watch, 05/14/2012

San Francisco Marine Biologists Ponder Return of Harbor Porpoise

Harbor porpoises began disappearing from San Francisco Bay during the height of Navy ship activity there during World War II. "We don't know why they disappeared. … It's very possible that they just abandoned the place because it became too hard to feed, reproduce and raise their young," said William Keener, a co-investigator and spokesman with the nonprofit Golden Gate Cetacean Research group. "Then all of a sudden, the porpoises were back."

Source: Sacramento Bee, 04/24/2012

"Fees and Anger Rise in California Water War"

"SAN DIEGO — There are accusations of conspiracies, illegal secret meetings and double-dealing. Embarrassing documents and e-mails have been posted on an official Web site emblazoned with the words 'Fact vs. Fiction.' Animosities have grown so deep that the players have resorted to exchanging lengthy, caustic letters, packed with charges of lying and distortion. And it is all about water."

Source: NY Times, 04/24/2012

"'Garbage' Chemical Threatens Valley Water"

"A 1974 memo from Dow Chemical describes several chemicals in a widely used farm fumigant as 'garbage.' Today, one of those useless chemicals threatens drinking water for more than 1 million people across the San Joaquin Valley. Now linked to cancer, the toxin was waste from a plastic-making process. Chemical companies often mix such leftovers to create other products to avoid the cost of disposal, says one long-time chemical engineer."

Source: Fresno Bee, 04/23/2012

"Blight Threatens California's Citrus Trees"

"In a worrisome development for citrus growers in California, or anybody there who has a beloved lemon or orange tree in the yard, the citrus disease huanglongbing, or citrus greening, has been found in southeastern Los Angeles County, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reports. It's the first time the disease, one of the most serious scourges of citrus, has been reported in the state."

Source: Green (NYT), 04/18/2012
May 1, 2012

DEADLINE: Travel Fellowships for The Ocean in a High-CO2 World

The Third International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (OHCO2W) takes place September 24-27, 2012 in Monterey, Cal. Scientists, experts, decision-makers, and ocean advocates from around the world will gather to discuss the latest research in ocean acidification. Apply by May 1st for a fellowship to cover travel and accommodation costs.

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