Mark Oldfield with "Cal Recycle" says anyone with more than 25 pounds of aluminum cans or plastic bottles or 250 pounds of glass must stop for an inspection.
"We did a pilot study at border inspection stations to document trucks coming across with loads of beverage container material," says Oldfield. "Based on that three-month study, we estimated that somewhere in the range of $30 million or somewhat more could potentially be coming into the state being claimed for illegal redemption each year."
A driver must tell an inspector where the material is going and keep a copy of the inspection.
The change is one of several that Cal Recycle hopes will save the fund $130 million dollars per year by 2017.
A collection of environmental, fishing and whitewater groups recommends changes to dam management in a new report, issued in response to the failure of the main spillway at Lake Oroville in February.
Traditional methods to cool cows use 11,000 gallons of water per cow per year. UC Davis researchers are trying out new techniques that use less resources.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
A federal water bill that supporters say will streamline dam and water storage projects in California faces an uphill battle in the Senate. One of the largest water suppliers in the state says it's unlikely to support it.
Summertime is a favorite for tourists at Lake Tahoe, but the region's transportation system is not designed for the growing number of people who use it. The TRPA and TERC are coming up with a plan to fix the gridlock and improve the lake's clarity.