El Dorado County Local News: Sustainability


All Local Sustainability News articles contributed by our local media allies and other local newsrooms.

Image caption: California has a goal of 6 million heat pumps cooling and heating buildings by 2030.
6 Million New Heat Pumps: Essential to California's Climate Future

Heat pumps, an energy-efficient way to both heat and cool homes, are a necessary element of California's climate goal of net zero carbon emissions. Here's what they are, how they work, and how to get one.

Image caption: Long-duration energy storage, such as this thermal energy storage facility, allows renewable energy sources to operate at full capacity without overloading the power grid.
How California Leads the Race For Long Duration Energy Storage

Long-duration energy storage is essential if renewables are to become the basis for a future, carbon-neutral power grid. Here's how California is leading the race to store energy from solar, wind, and other clean sources for use whenever it's needed.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

Image caption: Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance

California is a leading producer of agricultural crops. So it’s not surprising to find cutting-edge ideas taking root here.

Image caption: Moss Landing in Monterey Bay is the world’s largest battery storage facility for solar and other renewable energy.
Solar Power and California’s Clean Energy Goals

Solar power, and a network of giant battery storage facilities, are playing an essential role in moving California toward its goal of exclusive reliance on renewable energy sources.

Image caption: RCDs look after the land, whether it’s used for grazing, growing, or getting out into nature.
California Dirt

What do resource conservation districts protect? Pretty much everything that’s worth saving.

Image caption: Water is a human right under California law, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Agriculture and Water Shortages in the State’s Breadbasket, Explained

Residential wells are drying up in the state’s main agricultural region at the same time that agricultural businesses consume almost 90 percent of the water there.

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05/20/2024
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Volunteers are needed to help with cleanups throughout the community in Tahoe and Truckee.

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05/20/2024
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At its recent Countywide Plenary for Water, El Dorado Water Agency brought together water and utility managers, business and community leaders, non-profit organizations, and staff from local, state, and federal agencies to collaborate on sustainably managing our watershed.

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05/13/2024
The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals recognized the Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Plan with the Project Excellence Award during the National Outdoor Recreation Conference held May 4 - 9 in Stateline.

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05/09/2024
The month-long event will highlight 21 titles, with proceeds benefitting local nonprofit Clean Up the Lake.

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05/03/2024
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The South Tahoe Public Utility District will be building a solar power project at its Wastewater Treatment Plan following approval from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board during its April 24 meeting.

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05/02/2024
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Lake Tahoe watercraft inspection stations are open for the season to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and boaters can now book an appointment for this summer online, announced the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.

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05/01/2024
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As human beings, we are innately fascinated with the natural world and often spend time and money to view the strength and resiliency of wildlife.

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04/30/2024
The California Tahoe Conservancy announced public comment and feedback is open for their 2024-2029 draft strategic plan.

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04/27/2024
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The Lake Tahoe Unified School District is happy to be on the forefront of new technology, and nothing proves that point more than the district's acquisition of several electric buses.

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04/26/2024
A bill to rein in a proposed monthly fee on California electric bills would let California’s largest for-profit utility companies charge customers $24 per month — with fees as low as $6 for lower-income customers — as a kind of membership fee for the power grid.

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04/25/2024
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A group of Truckee-Tahoe based non-profit organizations are teaming up for the 2nd annual Grow Your Own Festival featuring gardening demos and a high elevation seedling sale.

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04/25/2024
Citing limited staff resources and budget, El Dorado County Supervisors put a halt to staff work to amend the cannabis ordinance.

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04/24/2024
Grizzly Flat residents speak out against a proposed biomass facility proposed by District 2 Supervisor George Turnboo.

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04/19/2024
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The City of South Lake Tahoe's single-use water bottle ban goes into effect for commercial vendors on Earth Day, April 22.

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04/17/2024
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The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is calling for nominations for projects completed in 2022 or 2023 that display outstanding environmental design to be recognized in the 31st annual Best in Basin awards program.

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04/17/2024
The Lake Tahoe Unified School District has begun operating an initial 5 electric school buses and charging stations, with 15 more expected to be funded through an upcoming grant.

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04/08/2024
An Earth Day celebration is taking place at Lake Tahoe Community College on Saturday, April 27 10AM - to 3PM.

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04/06/2024
Image for display with article titled South Tahoe PUD Proposes Rate Increases for Water, Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades

The South Tahoe Public Utility District is hosting a Public Meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 6 p.m. in the Board Room at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive to discuss proposed rate increases.

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04/06/2024
The Tahoe Prosperity Center is calling for submissions to its Project Inventory Form of projects driving innovation in sectors such as Environmental Innovation, Health and Wellness, Outdoor/Sustainable Recreation and others.

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03/29/2024
The Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Council announced the hiring of Meyers resident Nettie Pardue as its first managing director, tasked with coordinating 30 parters to implement the Destination Stewardship Plan.
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