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  • California's Tangled Water Politics

    California's Tangled Water Politics

    Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?

  • California prepares for the next burn

    California prepares for the next burn

    Public officials – and even homeowners – are beginning to accept the inevitability of wildfires in the Golden State.

  • Manufactured homes for the birds

    Zoologist David Olson and his colleagues are trying to create artificial cacti to house the rare coastal cactus wren, whose cholla cactus habitat is being threatened by California’s recent wildfires.

  • PRO: The Tejon agreement is a true conservation victory

    Graham Chisholm believes that an agreement involving open space, a large housing development and condor habitat on California’s Tejon Ranch is a “true conservation victory.”

  • Loves, losses and utter disasters

    In her new novel, The Berkeley Pit, Dorothy Bryant intertwines the stories of two very different Berkeleys: The California college town during the ‘60s, and the famously toxic open-pit mine in Butte, Mont.

  • Watershed moment

    The residents of McCloud, Calif., a struggling former timber town, are fighting over whether corporate giant Nestle should be allowed to build a bottling plant that makes use of the local spring water

  • Heard Around the West

    Squirrels vs. Santa Monica; Baby goes to rehab; crows and carriers; Maricopa County is booming big-time; Julie MacDonald vs. the Interior Department; boat horns vs. coyotes in Oxnard.

  • Schooling, fish

    Judge Jim Redden is right to push the Bush administration on salmon restoration, but fish may end up faring as poorly in courtrooms as San Francisco’s schoolchildren did after well-intentioned decisions on busing.

  • Excremental gains?

    Kern County, Calif., is trying to prevent Los Angeles sludge from entering the county, where it is used to fertilize farmland, and the resulting stink is raising all kinds of questions about how we handle human waste

  • River Redux

    Six decades after Friant Dam killed off the San Joaquin River’s spring-run chinook, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friant Water Users Authority are working with the federal government to restore both the fish and the river

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