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Pollution from sediment in Lake Tahoe was reduced by 600,000 pounds in 2021, according to joint NV-CA report

LAKE TAHOE, NV/CA – Efforts to reduce pollution and restore Lake Tahoe’s world-famous water clarity remain on track, despite impacts from climate change and other factors, according to a bi-state report released today by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, part of the California Environmental Protection […]

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UC Davis Grieves the Loss of Fish

UC Davis issued the following statement today (Aug. 11): We are devastated to report that a catastrophic failure has resulted in the loss of about 21,000 fish at the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture, or CABA. The loss appears to be due to chlorine exposure, to which fish are especially sensitive.  We […]

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Governor nominates Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as the next California Chief Justice

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his nomination of Supreme Court Associate Justice Patricia Guerrero to serve as California’s next Chief Justice after Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye concludes her current term of office on January 2, 2023. A first-generation Californian, Justice Guerrero was the first Latina to serve on the California Supreme Court and, if confirmed, will […]

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US Department of Labor awards $960K to assist clean-up, recovery after northern California’s 2020 wildfires

WASHINGTON, August 8, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced an incremental award of $961,059 to support continued disaster-relief employment and employment and training services in northern California after devastating wildfires in August 2020. The department’s Employment and Training Administration administers National Dislocated Worker Grants and, in September 2020, awarded an emergency award of up to $6,877,500 with […]

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Starting a New Business? Secretary of State Unveils an Easy-to-Use Online Business Portal

SACRAMENTO, August 4, 2022 –  – California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. and Business Programs Division Chief (BPD) Betsy Bogart were joined by the California Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, the Franchise Tax Board, and members of the business community for the unveiling of the new easy-to-use […]

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NASA Data on Plant ‘Sweating’ Could Help Predict Wildfire Severity

A new study uses data from the ECOSTRESS instrument aboard the space station to better understand why some parts of a wildfire burn more intensely than others. Even in drought-stricken California, not all areas face the same degree of wildfire risk. A recent study featuring data from NASA’s ECOSTRESS mission found relationships between the intensity […]

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State Secures Over $180 Million in Federal Grants to Support Local Communities

SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster the state’s resilience and reduce the long-term risks of natural disasters, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency of Services (Cal OES) today announced it has secured over $180 million in federal funding to support local communities most at-risk for hazards that include flood, earthquake, wildfire, drought, and sea level rise. […]

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Study Shows How Restoring California’s Overstocked Forests Yields Multiple and Diverse Benefits

Mechanical thinning of overstocked forests, prescribed burning and managed wildfire now being carried out to enhance fire protection of California’s forests provide many benefits, or ecosystem services, that people depend on. In a paper published in Restoration Ecology, researchers at UC Merced, UC ANR and UC Irvine reported that stakeholders perceived fire protection as central to forest […]

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Gov. Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency to Support State’s Response to Monkeypox

SACRAMENTO – As part of the state’s ongoing response to the monkeypox outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday declared a State of Emergency to bolster the state’s vaccination efforts. The proclamation supports the work underway by the California Department of Public Health and others in the administration to coordinate a whole-of-government response to monkeypox, seek additional vaccines and […]

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AG Bonta and Governor Newsom Announce Federal Moratorium on New Oil and Gas Drilling in Central California

OAKLAND, August 1, 2022 – California Attorney General Bonta, Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced a settlement with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Bureau) prohibiting new oil and gas leasing in Central California […]

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AG Bonta Warns Against Illegal Price Gouging Following State of Emergency Declaration in Siskiyou County Due to McKinney and Other Fires

California Attorney General Rob Bonta today issued a consumer alert following the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Siskiyou County due to McKinney and other fires. The fires have destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure, and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents since they began burning. In today’s alert, Attorney General Bonta reminds all Californians […]

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Gov. Newsom proclaims State of Emergency in Siskiyou County due to McKinney and other fires

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today proclaimed a state of emergency for Siskiyou County due to the effects of the McKinney Fire, which has destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and forced the evacuation of almost 2,000 residents. Intensified and spread by dry fuels, extreme drought conditions, high temperatures, winds and lightning storms, the McKinney Fire […]

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Feinstein Introduces Bill to Safeguard Wildfire Settlement Payments

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) yesterday introduced legislation to help victims of wildfires who have received compensation for damages. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) and companion legislation was introduced by Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) in the House in March.             After being found legally liable for wildfires in […]

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Covered California Lends Support for Wildfire Victims Throughout the State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California has announced a special-enrollment period for people living in counties where a state of emergency has been declared due to raging wildfires. “Once again, wildfires are disrupting the lives of thousands of Californians, and if you are among those affected, Covered California is here to make sure you have access […]