Andrew Rypel: Seven conservation lessons I learned in government work

He writes, “Before joining the faculty at UC Davis, I spent the previous five years as a research scientist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Madison, Wisconsin. Apparently this experience is somewhat rare among academics. A peer even once described me as “approximating a unicorn”, which I’m still not sure is a good thing or a bad thing! Ultimately, the experience of having lived in both spheres has provided useful perspectives, particularly on the anatomy of successful conservation efforts. So, I’d like to share with you a set of lessons I took from my government work. … ”  Read more from California Water Blog here:  Seven conservation lessons I learned in government work

Daisy Schadlich: Fire and Rivers in California

She writes, “It’s barely mid-September, and I have already been evacuated from or told to be ready to leave two homes because of out-of-control wildfires.  In mid-August, I woke up on a Monday morning to reports of the Jones Fire near my house in the Sierra foothills town of Nevada City. By Monday afternoon, I had been ordered to evacuate and went to stay with my family in wine country. On Wednesday night, my family received an evacuation warning because the Walbridge Fire (part of the LNU Lightning Complex) was creeping closer to Healdsburg, a town that has been threatened by wildfire each of the last three years. Fortunately, we never had to evacuate, but the experience of two evacuation experiences in three days was jarring. Countless others have lost their homes or have had similar experiences to mine. … ”  Read more from the American Rivers blog here:  Fire and Rivers in California

Environmentalists Destroyed California’s Forests, says Edward Ring

He writes, “Millions of acres of California forest have been blackened by wildfires this summer, leading to the usual angry denunciations from the usual quarters about climate change. But in 1999, the Associated Press reported that forestry experts had long agreed that “clearing undergrowth would save trees,” and that “years of aggressive firefighting have allowed brush to flourish that would have been cleared away by wildfires.” But very little was done. And now fires of unprecedented size are raging across the Western United States. … ”  Read more from Fox & Hounds here:  Environmentalists Destroyed California’s Forests

Charlie Hoppin: The farmer who defied his father

The Northern California Water Association blog writes, “As thick white smoke filled the air, Charlie took a moment to soak in what was about to happen.  Here was this former small-town farm boy with one of the biggest action movie stars in history, who now also happened to be the governor of California.  Arnold Schwarzenegger recently came into office with a decree to mix it up inside the big white dome and Charlie was about to see first-hand how the new governor planned to do just that.  If only his father could see him now. ... ”  Read more from the NCWA blog here:  The farmer who defied his father

Joel A. Mintz and Victor B. Flatt: Pandemic spawns dangerous relaxation of environmental regulations

They write, “The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of worrisome and needless regulatory relaxations that have increased pollution across the United States. Recent reporting by the Associated Press and other outlets has documented more than 3,000 pandemic-based requests from polluters to state agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for waivers of environmental requirements. Numerous state governments, with the tacit encouragement of the EPA, went along with many of those requests. All too often, those waivers — requested, ostensibly, to protect American workers from exposure to the coronavirus — were granted with little or no review, notwithstanding the risks the resulting emissions posed to public health and the environment. ... ”  Read more from the Revelator here: Pandemic spawns dangerous relaxation of environmental regulations

Mark Rupp: How states can finance coastal resilience before the next disaster

As climate change drives more intense storms, hurricane-related costs in the United States have increased 1,100% since 1980, and the population of counties prone to hurricane damage has increased at least 22% faster than the overall U.S. population has grown.  State governments must prioritize rebuilding better and investing in climate resilience now to avoid the skyrocketing costs of future disasters. Every $1 invested to mitigate a disaster saves $6 in recovery.   These four states found innovative ways to finance climate resilience, and they provide models for other states to follow, even in the face of budget uncertainty. … ”  Read more from EDF’s Growing Returns blog here:  How states can finance coastal resilience before the next disaster

Photo credit: Drowning spheres by Kerry Randolph

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