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El Dorado County Sustainability Digest

The Bay-Delta Ecosystem is Collapsing. Now California Has Dueling Plans to Save It


A long-awaited, controversial report weighs updates to standards that state officials say have failed to protect fish and wildlife. But environmentalists, Native tribes and others already are furious about how long this has taken—and the state is years away from taking action.

Tahoe Yellow Cress Surveys Under Way at Lake Tahoe


The Tahoe Yellow Cress Adaptive Management Working Group began its annual lakewide monitoring surveys of Tahoe Yellow Cress in the Lake Tahoe Basin. These surveys will continue throughout September on land where this rare plant is known to occur.

Animal Sanctuary: Class Is in Session


Animal Place, an animal sanctuary in Nevada County, is offering a program designed for students interested in farmed animals and their care. The program is sponsored by an organization called Leaders for Ethics, Animals and the Planet.

Study: Six of Nine Planetary Boundaries Now Exceeded


Maintaining certain interactions so that they remain similar to those that have controlled Earth conditions over the past 12,000 years is critical for ensuring human activities do not trigger dramatic changes that likely would decrease the Earth’s ability to support modern civilizations.

Wildfire, Soil Emissions Increasing Air Pollution in Remote Forests


Satellite data from across California’s landscapes reveal an increase in nitrogen dioxide levels in remote forest areas, and wildfire and soil emissions are likely the reasons why, according to a paper from UC Davis published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Hawaii’s Climate Future: Dry Regions Get Drier, While Wet Areas Get Wetter


Projections for Hawaii’s climate future are raising concerns about fire risk, ecosystems and freshwater supplies for homes and agriculture.

California Aims to Introduce Anglers to Native Sunfish


California’s only native sunfish, the Sacramento perch, was once abundant before invasive species decimated it. As the planet heats up and threatens cold-water game fish, the Sacramento perch may be on the cusp of a comeback, thanks to its ability to tolerate warm water.

California Aims to Introduce More Anglers to Native Sunfish


As the planet heats up and threatens many cold-water game fish species like trout, the Sacramento perch may be on the cusp of a comeback, thanks in part to its ability to tolerate warm water and extreme conditions.

Americans Flock to Areas With Harshest Climate Change Effects


Americans risk hazardous weather conditions and natural disasters in fast-growing areas, finds NerdWallet analysis.

Can This Forest Survive?


Researchers from UC Davis can now predict which forests could survive despite future drought. Their new method links precipitation to tree growth, and it can help people decide where to put their resources as climate change affects patterns of snow and rainfall.

Rotary Screw Traps Are Coming to the North Yuba


Rotary screw traps, used to capture migrating juvenile fish, will be installed on the North Yuba River. But while they are important data gathering devices, RSTs can be dangerous to people and pets.

California’s 2030 Climate Target Faces Obstacles, Regulator Acknowledges


California’s leading air regulator acknowledged major roadblocks to meeting its ambitious carbon emissions target for 2030. The hurdles revolve around the feasibility of carbon capture technologies and the state’s flagship climate program, known as cap-and-trade.

CA Launches Grant Program to Support Native American Tribes on Ancestral Land Return


The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) launched a $101 million grant program to support tribal initiatives that benefit their communities while helping to achieve the state’s world-leading climate and conservation goals.

Litigation Now a Key Tool in Seeking Climate Justice


The total number of climate change court cases has more than doubled since 2017 and is growing worldwide. These findings, published by the UN Environment Programme and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, show that climate litigation is becoming an integral part of securing climate action and justice.

How to Move Communities Away From Flooding Risks


As sea levels rise, many countries are considering a controversial strategy: relocation of communities. A Stanford analysis of planned relocations around the world reveals a blueprint for positive outcomes from an approach often considered a last resort.

Five Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe in Extreme Heat


As oppressive heat continues to blanket much of the U.S., it’s especially crucial to take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones—furry friends included.

California Republicans Fighting Again to Raise the Shasta Dam


Raising Shasta Dam to increase its capacity would provide 634,000 more acre-feet of water per year, legislators say. But that assumes there will always be enough precipitation, and the move risks flooding sacred Native American lands and harming local habitats.

Changes Coming to Prevent Misuse, Abuse of Tahoe Beaches


The League to Save Lake Tahoe and USDA Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit are working both independently and collaboratively to stop the scenes of July 5th, which saw thousands of pounds of litter from one Lake Tahoe beach following the July 4th holiday, from happening again.

Transportation District Celebrates Introduction of Electric Bus Fleet to South Lake Tahoe


The Tahoe Transportation District, along with fundamental local partners, celebrated the brand-new electric bus fleet and mobility hub that has been created at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Tahoe Conservancy Awards $4.6M to Reduce Wildfire Risk


The California Tahoe Conservancy has awarded two grants totaling $4,627,000 to build partner capacity for forest and wildfire resilience projects across the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Study: Climate Change Is Changing the Ocean’s Color


In the magazine Nature, a team of scientists reports that they have detected changes in ocean color that cannot be explained by natural, year-to-year variability alone. These color shifts have occurred over 56 percent of the world’s oceans.

Global Research Shows Lake Tahoe Has 3rd-Highest Concentration of Microplastics


Known for its purity and high level of legal protection, Lake Tahoe had the third-highest concentration of plastic of 38 lakes tested around the world, according to research published in the scientific journal Nature under the title “Plastic debris in lakes and reservoirs.”

$20M Available to Protect Working Forest Landscapes


Cal Fire has announced the availability of nearly $20 million in funding for grants to conserve and protect environmentally important, privately-owned forestland.

Tahoe’s Beach-Cleaning Robot Back in Action


The League to Save Lake Tahoe and ECO-CLEAN solutions are kicking off the 2023 summer season by expanding their robot-powered, beach-cleaning initiative to cover entire beaches in Lake Tahoe. 

Tahoe’s Beach-Cleaning Robot is Back in Action


The League to Save Lake Tahoe and ECO-CLEAN solutions are kicking off the 2023 summer season by expanding their robot-powered, beach-cleaning initiative to cover entire beaches in Lake Tahoe.

California Legislature Passes Joshua Tree Protection Law


California lawmakers passed the Western Joshua Tree Conservation Act, permanently protecting the iconic and imperiled species.

Lake Tahoe Organizations Create Plan to Better Handle Peak Season


Lake Tahoe saw a huge surge in visitors at the beginning of the pandemic. The North Tahoe Community Alliance, which serves as the region’s chamber of commerce, looks to address the resulting problems, such as overcrowding, garbage and traffic.

Cortez Masto, Rosen Announce More Than $3.4M to Fund Low-Emission Buses in Lake Tahoe


U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Tahoe Transportation District will receive $3.4 million to fund its Clean Transit Initiative.

Upcycling Turns Would-Be Trash Into Ice Cream and Pizza


The Salt & Straw ice cream chain is part of the upcycling movement, creating high-quality products from leftover food with flavors like Cacao Pulp & Chocolate Stracciatella Gelato, made from leftover cacao pulp from chocolate production.

El Dorado Hills Sewer Plant Pump Problem Gets Diffused


Three El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors members unanimously approved awarding the construction contract to the low bidder, Auburn Constructors, for $374,300.

Partners Team Up to Spread Awareness About Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species


The League to Save Lake Tahoe (aka Keep Tahoe Blue) hosted a training course for the people working where the public meets the lake—at marinas and boat ramps—so key information about aquatic invasive species can be shared.

Tahoe Gear Exchange Offers Sustainable, Affordable Access to Outdoor Recreation


Tahoe Gear Exchange is proactively working towards making the investment in outdoor recreation more feasible, along with repurposing recycled gear to increase overall accessibility to participate and enjoy outdoor recreation.