News Worth Noting: Tuolumne Utilities District teams up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build a Drought Resilience Plan, EPA requires Modesto wholesaler to protect Central Valley wetlands and pay penalty, following destruction of rare habitat

Tuolumne Utilities District teams up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build a Drought Resilience Plan:  “Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) in Sonora has been contacted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a drought response outreach guide to help other water utilities nationwide to combat drought issues.  Starting this week, a specialized crew of Strategic Planners, Engineers, EPA coordinators and video producers will be filming in Tuolumne County to begin the process of building a drought resilience plan for other water utilities. “We were surprised and pleased when the EPA contacted us and asked to be part of this project. Tuolumne County and TUD have received a lot of attention on how we handled the drought in our area. Our proactive approach and the assistance by so many of our community partners has been noticed statewide and in other parts of the nation,” states Tom Scesa, General Manager. … ”  Read more from the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association here: Tuolumne Utilities District teams up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to build a Drought Resilience Plan

EPA requires Modesto wholesaler to protect Central Valley wetlands and pay penalty, following destruction of rare habitat: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Edward Lynn Brown, a canned food and nut wholesaler in Modesto, Calif. for destroying nearly 33 acres of wetlands, known as vernal pools, north of Merced, Calif. The settlement requires Brown to pay a $160,000 penalty and purchase and endow a conservation easement valued at $1 million.  ‎“California’s vernal pools are key to the survival of native plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “In a time of drought and climate change, it is more important than ever to protect these endangered habitats from irreversible destruction.”  ... ”  Read more from the EPA here:  EPA requires Modesto wholesaler to protect Central Valley wetlands and pay penalty, following destruction of rare habitat

 

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