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OPINION: River Dreams May Drown California

California is finally embracing its rivers. It may be a choking embrace. We Californians have long celebrated our coastal splendor and beautiful mountains. But our rivers were seen as mere plumbing for our hydration convenience. Now California’s communities, seeking space for environmental restoration and recreation (and some desperately needed housing), are treating rivers and riverfronts as new frontiers and busily reconsidering how these bodies of water might better connect people and places.

OPINION: Will California Ever Let Sierra Nevada Forests Burn?

In this centennial year of the National Park System, it’s been encouraging to see management of the western components of this remarkable ecological patrimony shifting ever so slowly toward incorporating knowledge of natural cycles of fire in maintaining forest health. For forests in California’s Sierra Nevada, particularly, a dangerous and ecologically disruptive “fire deficit” has been built through generations of land policies fixated on fire suppression.

CWA Approves Grant Applications For Pauma Valley, San Luis Rey Watershed

The state’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) has an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Disadvantaged Community Engagement Planning Grant program, and on Oct. 27 the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) board authorized the CWA general manager or her designee to submit a grant application which will include grant requests for Pauma Valley integrated water supply reliability improvement and San Luis Rey Watershed tribal and disadvantaged community assistance for water use efficiency and flood control.