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The Wildlands Conservancy is California’s largest nonprofit nature preserve system. It protects and maintains more than 20 nature preserves in California and one in Central Oregon.

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EPA Announces New Superfund Cleanup Projects in California


Part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the projects include California’s Lava Cap Mine in Nevada City, Sulphur Bank Mercury Mine in Clearlake Oaks, and Southern Avenue Industrial Area in South Gate.

Awaiting the Count—Gray Whales Population Has Been Declining


There was a time not so long ago when trained observers were overwhelmed by the number of whales migrating through Monterey Bay.

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Reducing gas emissions: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s goal with proposed mixed-use standards

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – After deciding on a definition in December, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is now looking to set minimum standards for mixed-use developments to provide a tool for sustainability.

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Roadkill surveys could save animal lives

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Ecologist Tanya Diamond gets up every morning and checks messages for roadkill sightings. It's the least fun, but one of the most important parts of her job.

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Vail Resorts says it’s ahead of schedule for zero net emissions by 2030

Vail Resorts says as a company, the product it's selling is the environment, a fact that undergirds its approach to business.

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South Tahoe food waste program open Tuesday – Saturday

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., – The South Tahoe Refuse program has been underway for just under a week at the new buyback station. STR's residential customers can now drop off food waste scraps for free Tuesday – Saturday from 9 …

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Water Commission presents statewide strategies for protecting communities, fish and wildlife during drought

The California Water Commission today approved a white paper that contains potential strategies to protect communities and fish and wildlife in the event of drought. The white paper is in support of Water Resilience Portfolio Action 26.3, and will be …

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First dive survey of Lake Tahoe’s lakebed finds high amounts of plastic, other litter

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – Plastic litter is a growing problem around the world, and new research shows that the bottom of Lake Tahoe is no exception. In one of the first studies to utilize scuba divers to collect litter from …

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South Tahoe Refuse to more garbage bin sizes, animal resistant bins

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., – South Tahoe Refuse announced, in preparation of the 2024 Summer transition to the 3-cart program for California customers, additional sizes have been added and residents may now choose a 35-gallon animal-resistant garbage cart as well …

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.

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Keep Tahoe Blue works on solution to end hibernating trash at sled hill

SPOONER LAKE, Nev. – In 2016, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, known as Keep Tahoe Blue, identified the unofficial sled hill at Spooner Summit as a trash hotspot, and over the next four years the problem grew exponentially.  

Image caption: Ocean waves may be good for more than surfing. They may play a role in reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions.
California Looks to Ocean Waves For New Clean Energy Source

Only a few small demonstration projects off the West Coast have harnessed the power of waves and tides. Costs are high and hurdles are challenging.


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