The restriction would remove the rodenticide called “D-Con” from store shelves in California. Medha Chandra with Pesticide Action Network supports the restrictions.
She says D-Con is sold in colorful pellets that pose a danger to children. Chandra says about 10,000 children annually are accidently poisoned by the products.
“It’s going to end up protecting children in California from accidental exposure to these rodent-controlled product at home," says Chandra. "It will also somewhat reduce the impacts on wildlife.”D-Con and similar rodenticides are not allowed on agricultural lands, but are allowed in and around buildings. The manufacturer of D-Con is fighting the EPA’s safety restrictions in court. Alternatives to rodenticides already exist.
El Niño is not expected to end the California drought but ‘atmospheric rivers’ might help.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's shade tree program has been around for 25 years. In spite of the drought, the utility says it will continue to fund the program for at least another two years because of the benefits trees provide.
Environmental groups say the recent California Legislative session was a big win for coastal protection, clean water among other issues.
The City of Sacramento wants to continue a washing machine rebate program that started in 2009 until the end of the decade.