Environment

Elk Grove News

Resident questions fairness of Elk Grove’s ‘spring cleaning’

A spring cleaning campaign by Elk Grove’s code enforcement officers targeting blight, public nuisances and safety hazards citywide has at least one resident crying foul. Denise Brechbill said she has had an approximately 6-foot-high hedge in front of her house for 30 years and is being told it can’t be higher than 3 feet within 10 feet of her driveway. Nearby residents with similar landscape issues have not received code enforcement letters, she said.

Delta News

Southern California water agency signs $175 million deal to buy Delta islands

Already viewed with hostility in the north state water community, the powerful Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is broadening its reach by purchasing $175 million worth of real estate in the hub of California’s water delivery network: the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Metropolitan has signed a contract to buy five Delta islands, representing the most concrete step to date in a controversial deal that has been in the works since last fall.

Fires

Volunteers plant trees to restore El Dorado forestland ravaged by the King fire

Organized by the Sugar Pine Foundation and the USFS, over 100 volunteers planted seedling trees in an area of the El Dorado National Forest devastated by the King fire in 2014. Auburn Kiwanis, local Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts, 4-wheel drive clubs, and individual families took part in the reforestation effort near Stumpy Meadows camp ground east of Georgetown. The light rain did not discourage participants and according to USFS District Ranger Pat Trimble, it was ideal conditions for planting.

City Beat

Shuttered gun range in south Sacramento park leaked toxic lead dust

City officials shut down the James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range in south Sacramento more than 15 months ago, and a “temporarily closed” note on the side door is the only notice area residents received. The city closed the range because it was polluted with lead dust after decades of operation. It has never cleaned that toxic dust from the interior of the shuttered range, nor from the roof. Experts say that may pose a hazard for park users and residents.

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Video: UC Davis scientist measures massive Aliso Canyon methane leak

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Volunteers plant trees to restore El Dorado forestland ravaged by the King fire

Organized by the Sugar Pine Foundation and the USFS, over 100 volunteers planted seedling trees in an area of the El Dorado National Forest devastated by the King fire in 2014. Auburn Kiwanis, local Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts, 4-wheel drive clubs, and individual families took part in the reforestation effort near Stumpy Meadows camp ground east of Georgetown. The light rain did not discourage participants and according to USFS District Ranger Pat Trimble, it was ideal conditions for planting.
Randall Benton The Sacramento Bee
Volunteers plant trees to restore El Dorado forestland ravaged by the King fire 01:18

Volunteers plant trees to restore El Dorado forestland ravaged by the King fire

Wascally wabbits caught by trail cameras 00:42

Wascally wabbits caught by trail cameras

Was Fair Oaks turkey a victim of postman's rage? 05:54

Was Fair Oaks turkey a victim of postman's rage?

Recent storms provide opportunities for farmers and local wildlife 01:45

Recent storms provide opportunities for farmers and local wildlife