State and federal agencies on Tuesday released separate recovery plans for endangered Central Valley salmon and steelhead, aiming to restore habitat and water flows to prevent extinction of the species.

APTOPIX California Drought Water Fines
With California in a severe drought, the State Water Resources Control Board ruled last week that some cases of water waste could be treated as criminal infractions.
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The new criminal water waste rule adopted by California this week also applies to government agencies, but no one is sure how the penalty will be enforced.
More than 170 scientists from around the world gathered in Reno for what organizers billed as a first-of-its-kind conference to discuss global monitoring systems for mountain environments.
Channel Island Eagles
Bald eagles have expanded their range in the Channel Islands off the coast of California, where a nesting pair has been found on San Clemente Island for the first time in more than 50 years, an official said Thursday.
APTOPIX California Drought Water Fines
A new state regulation that allows municipal agencies to cite a criminal infraction and levy $500 penalties for water waste probably won’t be deployed in the Sacramento region, where water agencies say their existing rules are working well enough.
Amid evidence that Californians are not conserving water, state officials Tuesday made it a criminal act to waste water, with $500-a-day fines for excessive landscape runoff, hosing off sidewalks and driveways, and other acts.
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If the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association’s worst fears come it pass, it will shut down in August. The group raises the possibility that the 1,000 birds it cares for at McClellan Park may have to be euthanized.

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