The State Water Resources Control Board proved back on Dec. 12 that it wasn’t listening to a single thing anyone from our region was saying. By voting to impose draconian and scientifically unjustifiable water restrictions on our region, four of the five board members tuned out dozens of scientists, water professionals and people who live near the rivers.
Our forests are dry and diseased and ready to burn. We must marshal all our resources – better logging practices, more defensible space, better rules on where to live – or more Californians will lose their lives.
The legislature passed a bill that ignores the contributions of hydropower and will cost our residents more than others. A gathering Thursday could pave the way for the tunnels which will hurt our chances to save our water.
Something has gone badly wrong at DMV, where wait times have increased dramatically. An audit would be a good start to find out why. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee should approve the request when it meets Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.
The State Water Resources Control Board released its plan to disrupt a century of California water law and demand twice as much water flow down the Tuolumne, Stanislaus and Merced rivers in a purported effort to save salmon. This is a water grab, pure and simple.
Something all Californians can celebrate took place at Yosemite National Park last week – the reopening of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The grove closed in 2015 for a major renovation project. That work is now done and the grove can once again be explored by visitors.