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Environment

California Farmers Used Enough Groundwater During Drought To Fill Lake Mead

May 18, 2017 | Amy Quinton

Scientists have for the first time quantified how much groundwater was lost in the Central Valley in the most recent drought.

Environment

California To Get Another $66 Million In Volkswagen Emissions Settlement

May 17, 2017

The funds, which will be used to help reduce pollution and expand the electric vehicle market, are part of a second settlement reached Wednesday related to the company's emissions cheating scandal.

Mike Wier / California Trout

Environment

Study: Nearly Half of Native California Salmon Could Be Extinct in 50 Years

May 16, 2017 | Amy Quinton

A new report that gauges the health of California's native salmon, steelhead and trout paints an alarming picture. It shows 45 percent are likely to be extinct in 50 years if present trends continue.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

State Government

Governor Brown Eyes Chance At Renewing Cap-And-Trade Program As Climate Change Solution

May 11, 2017 | Ben Bradford

Gov. Brown is likely to want to continue the state’s signature climate change-fighting program — cap-and-trade — past 2020, when it’s set to expire. He faces opposition from lawmakers but sees some support from business groups.

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Environment

Snow Melt Causes Minor Flooding In Yosemite Park

May 10, 2017

The river running through Yosemite National Park briefly flooded its banks and a sheriff in California's Central Valley organized an airdrop of feed for 30 cows stranded downstream by rising waters as a heat wave melts record snow in the mountains.

Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

Environment

West Sacramento Breaks Ground On Largest Levee Project

May 9, 2017 | Amy Quinton

Construction on the biggest levee improvement project in West Sacramento is now underway. The project will help protect the city from a 200-year flood.

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Insight With Beth Ruyak

A Look At The New Cap-And-Trade Proposal In The Legislature

May 2, 2017

New cap-and-trade legislation was proposed this week, turning heads at the thought of what the future of offshore drilling will look like.

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