January 11, 1993 |
Logging in California's vast network of national forests has plunged nearly 40% since the 1980s and is expected to drop further as federal officials respond to public pressure to be more environmentally sensitive. Most of the decline has been traceable to court-ordered logging restrictions designed to protect the endangered northern spotted owl, whose habitat extends from Washington to the northernmost forests of California. But the U.S.
July 28, 1991 |
Like a kick in the gut, the scope of the loss finally hit Mike Rode last Tuesday. The sparkling Sacramento River--his longtime laboratory, his workplace, his back yard--was dead, killed by a wily chemical demon that escaped from a wrecked train car. Rode went diving that day--pulled on a wet suit, snorkel and mask and plunged into a deep river pool with some fellow fish experts. After days of anxious speculation, the biologists wanted to see the carnage close-up.
October 5, 1993 |
In its strongest endorsement yet of the push to preserve fragile Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra, the Wilson Administration joined forces Monday with environmentalists in demanding that the lake's water level be significantly raised. James M. Strock, Gov.
December 16, 1998 |
William J. Lyons Jr., the newly named state agriculture secretary, said in an interview Tuesday that his good relationship with environmental groups should help him build consensus among activists and farmers on sticky issues of land and water use. A self-proclaimed workaholic, Lyons is a lifelong, third-generation rancher. The family's 9,000-acre property near Modesto lies next to a wildlife refuge, and Lyons has supported projects to benefit migratory birds.
September 5, 2000 |
No other landscape in America--not the cotton South nor the grain belt of the Midwest nor the sugar fields of Florida--has been more altered by the hand of agriculture than this sweeping valley in the middle of the state. What hills and knolls existed back in Miwok and Tachi days have been flattened by a hunk of metal called the Fresno Scraper. Every river bursting out of the Sierra has been bent sideways, if not backward, by a bulwark of dams, canals and levees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2000 |
After his 4 1/2-year stint with the Navy ended in 1991, David Campbell considered working for the Department of Defense as a weapons analyst. But today, the veteran employs his technical skills and environmental awareness to defend California from a different kind of high-tech threat: electronic junk.
July 27, 1993 |
Gov. Pete Wilson on Monday announced five steps he will soon take to try to improve the state's business climate. Two of the steps, Wilson said, will be aimed at clearing away rules in the state's Environmental Protection Agency. The reforms include a top-to-bottom review of Cal-EPA regulations and deadlines for the agency to meet in processing business applications for environmental permits.
August 12, 1999 |
Taking a step to block a new round of oil drilling off the Central Coast, the California Coastal Commission signaled its willingness Wednesday to go to court to stop development of decades-old oil leases. Meeting in Los Angeles on Wednesday, commissioners decided in closed session that "if we have to, we'll file suit," said Executive Director Peter Douglas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1999 |
Half a dozen road projects across the Southland could be affected by a judge's ruling that the federal government must take steps to preserve thousands of acres that are critical to a tiny songbird. In a decision issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that within 60 days, the U.S.
December 18, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Friday praised the progress made in California toward using less water from the Colorado River and suggested that the other six states that depend on the river drop their historic distrust of their big neighbor to the west. Specifically, Babbitt, in his annual state of the river speech to regional water officials, said he wants to see an agreement between the seven Western states on how to divvy up surplus water from the Colorado.