NEWS WORTH NOTING: Attorney General Becerra and the CA Department of Fish and Wildlife issue legal advisory on Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Water and climate update: Winter storms blanket parts of the Midwest and Northeast
Attorney General Becerra and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife issue legal advisory on Migratory Bird Treaty Act
From the Department of Fish and Wildlife:
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today jointly released a legal advisory regarding the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and California’s protections for migratory birds. The advisory affirms that despite any reinterpretation of the MBTA by the federal government, California law continues to provide robust protections for birds, including the prohibition on incidental take of migratory birds.
The advisory – and a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Becerra as part of a multistate coalition in September 2018 – follows a decision by the federal government to roll back protections under the MBTA. The MBTA protects more than 1,000 native U.S. species of birds, including the bald eagle, America’s national bird, and other bird species that were near extinction before MBTA protections were put in place in 1918.
Water and climate update: Winter storms blanket parts of the Midwest and Northeast
From the USDA:
The Natural Resources Conservation Service produces this weekly report using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies. The report focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S.
A strong November snowstorm impacted the Midwest and Northeast starting last Sunday, causing widespread flight cancellations and dangerous travel conditions on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency for dangerous road conditions, where up to 16 inches of snow fell. Some areas in the Midwest experienced blizzard conditions, with Chicago and other parts of Illinois receiving over a foot of snow. There were over 350,000 people without power by Sunday night, and additional thousands elsewhere along the storm path. As the system moved eastward it also caused lake-effect snow, with Buffalo N.Y. receiving nearly 20 inches of snow. More than a foot of snow has fallen in other parts of New England, with snow showers continuing to the end of the week.
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