Los Angeles Times – May 24
The state Water Resources Control Board voted on Tuesday to pass emergency drought rules that increase conservation requirements for water providers statewide and prohibit watering the ornamental grass in businesses and in the common areas of housing estates and homeowners’ associations. The bylaw also prohibits the use of potable water to irrigate “non-functional” grass on commercial, industrial and institutional properties. The measures, passed following an executive order from Governor Gavin Newsom, also require local water providers across the state to activate “Level 2” of their local emergency plans to prepare for a shortage that could occur. reach 20%.
NBC Bay Area – May 24
A Sonoma County vineyard and its manager are facing a multimillion-dollar fine for allegedly removing trees and destroying a small wetland on a rural parcel of land east of Cloverdale. Hugh Reimers and Krasilsa Pacific Farms could face more than $3.75 million in fines for allegedly felling trees, grading, ripping and other activities near tributaries in the Russian River watershed, according to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Board. In a lawsuit filed May 9, the Commission also accused Reimers and Krasilsa Pacific Farms of failing to comply with a 2019 cleanup and reduction order that required them to restore streams and wetlands.
CNBC – May 25
The SEC on Wednesday proposed two rule changes that would prevent misleading or misleading statements by U.S. investment funds about their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) qualifications and increase disclosure requirements for such funds. The proposals come amid growing concerns that some funds seeking to profit from the rise of ESG investing practices have misled shareholders about the nature of their holdings, a practice known as greenwashing.
ABC7 News – May 25
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on Monday announced plans to require tire manufacturers to develop an alternative to the chemical 6PPD, which is currently used as a preservative. Recent research has shown that when tire rubber disintegrates, it spreads microparticles, including 6PPD, which can end up in storm drains and waterways, harming endangered coho salmon. The public comment period for DTSC’s proposal ends July 5.
Capital Public Radio – May 24
Tribes and environmental groups on Tuesday filed a petition with the National Water Resources Control Board demanding better management of the Bay-Delta. In the petition, the groups call for a comprehensive review of Bay-Delta’s water quality standards. They also call for affected tribes and communities to be included in future discussions about the management of the Bay-Delta. The Council has 30 days to respond to the request.
Courthouse News Service – May 24
The California Court of Appeals on Monday heard arguments about whether native bumblebees should be protected under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). In 2018, various environmental groups petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to list four bumblebee species as endangered under the CESA. Large agricultural interests responded with a lawsuit in Sacramento County Superior Court, which resulted in a 2020 ruling that the commission had no authority to protect native insects. Environmental groups appealed, leading to Monday’s hearing. A final decision is expected in about three months.
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