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September 23, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:in 2007, Chico State formed the Institute for Sustainable Development and Butte College’s Associated Students created the Sustainability Resource Center.

This year marks the end of an era for both entities, as both lost directors and have been diminished, though some of their programming will remain.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 10, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The structure of the agencies being established to manage the groundwater beneath Butte County is made clear by two items before the Butte County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.There are hearings scheduled on both JPA approvals: Wyandotte Creek at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and Vina at 9:40 a.m. Comment will be taken from the public on both proposals.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 5, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:A plan to reduce environmental roadblocks to development on Butte County is moving forward again after a hiatus of more than a year.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 5, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Over the next two years, more than 100 groundwater sustainability agencies in California will have to hammer out a plan to make their groundwater basins sustainable.But as mangers in many areas work to combat decades of over-pumping, they face a major dilemma: In dividing the groundwater pie to avoid overuse, they can’t change Byzantine groundwater rights that date as far back as 1903.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

September 5, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:The past month there have been debates over how to manage the water in the Delta — the Bay Area’s largest source of freshwater — and that's drawn a lot of attention from the state capitol. What it comes down to is whether more water should go to fish or to farms.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 29, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Saying they felt public safety was a priority, Bidwell Park commissioners affirmed their commitment to getting emergency vehicles into upper ...Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 28, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“Warning that two-thirds of Southern California’s beaches could completely disappear and the average area burned by wildfires could nearly double by 2100, the State of California today released California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, which details new science on the devastating impacts of climate change and provides planning tools to support the state’s response.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 20, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“We’re really at this tipping point,” said Rohde, “where what’s left is just hanging on and SGMA gives us the opportunity to not head down that decline and instead to protect these really important ecosystems that make California the great state that it is.”Already there are a few places in the state where efforts are being made to include environmental representatives in the planning process to create groundwater sustainability plans. That could make a big differenceTags: no_tagby: ndcarter

August 9, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:Community choice aggregation allows cities and counties to purchase power for their citizens, which can mean savings for residents and for the city as a power user.
The council agreed to further review a feasibility study done for the county which is also supportive of CCAs. In addition the city will launch a market analysis regarding the impact in Chico, as well as a community outreach.Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter

July 25, 2018

Highlights and Sticky Notes:“People are realizing we have to worry about more than just traditional industrial contaminants – we have to realize that nearly every aquifer has natural contaminants,” Fendorf said. “The question is simply, ‘Is the contaminant going to stay benign in the solid form, or is it going to get transferred into the water phase?’ We need to ensure the contaminants stay within the solids and do not jeopardize our water supplies.”Tags: no_tagby: ndcarter