A publication of
Bureau of Land Management in California
Issue date: 8/13/2002
This week in News.bytes:
- TURNING TO NEW SOURCES TO MEET CALIFORNIA'S WATER DEMAND
- GET INVOLVED - BLM seeks Public comment on Proposed Power Line Project
- WEED OF THE WEEK
- WILDLIFE TRIVIA
- HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
- SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
TURNING TO NEW SOURCES TO MEET CALIFORNIA'S WATER DEMAND
"CADIZ GROUNDWATER STORAGE AND DRY-YEAR SUPPLY PROGRAM" (BLM California
The Cadiz Groundwater Storage and Dry-Year Supply Program is a proposal by Metropolitan
Water District of Southern California (MWD) in cooperation with Cadiz Inc.,
of Santa Monica, to use the groundwater basin underlying part of the Cadiz and
Fenner Valleys in San Bernardino County for storage of water from the Colorado
River for later recovery and transfer of indigenous groundwater under specified
conditions for use in dry years to supply water for southern California.
"WATER'S FLOW FROM PRIVATE HANDS - Thirsty, Growing States Turn to New
Sources to Meet Demand" (Washington Post, 08/12/2002)
This is one big, dry state, and Keith Brackpool wants to slake its thirst.The
politically connected British wheeler-dealer is pressing ahead with an ingenious
plan to sell billions of gallons of drinking water to Southern California from
his company's aquifer, buried here beneath the broiling badlands of the Mojave
"2 CADIZ EXECS CUT STAKE IN FIRM" (Los Angeles Times, 08/10/2002)
Two top executives of Cadiz Inc., which is negotiating with local water officials
to build a controversial $150-million water storage project in the Mojave Desert,
have sold millions of dollars' worth of shares in the Santa Monica company over
the last several weeks.
"BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON PROPOSED POWER LINE PROJECT"
The Bureau of Land Management has scheduled two informal public meetings to
gather comments regarding the proposed Calfiornia Desert Southwest Transmission
Line Project. The powerline would be constructed in open desert areas east of
Palm Springs and supply additional electricity to the Coachella and Imperial
WEED OF THE WEEK
Native to Europe, this noxious weed invades cropland meadows, pastures, roadsides,
clearcuts, and waste areas. The extensive underground root system can penetrate
the soil as deep at 10 feet and grow laterally 12 to 15 feet a year. http://www.ca.blm.gov/bishop/tamarix.html
(Photo of flower, and description.)
"CREWS WORKING TO HEAL CHARRED LAND" (San Diego Union-Tribune, 08/11/2002)
The rehabilitation team surveys the natural springs to make sure they haven't
been covered with soil or debris. Of special concern are the endangered peninsular
big horn sheep, which rely on those springs, said Ron Woychak, a fire management
officer with the Bureau of Land Management.
"PINES FIRES TO BE FULLY CONTAINED TODAY" (North County Times, 08/11/2002)
Firefighters expect today to fully contain The Pines fire, but officials say
much work remains: assessing the thousands of acres of charred wilderness, rebuilding
trails and homes, and looking for ways to control flooding that could come with
winter rains . Roy Woychak, fire management officer for the Bureau of Land Management,
said Saturday that about 15,000 acres of the bureau's land has burned.
"AGING AIR TANKERS ARE HAVING TROUBLE RISING TO OCCASION" (Sacramento
Serious mechanical breakdowns - including cracked wings, hydraulic failures
and engine troubles - plague the fleet of air tankers the federal government
relies on to fight summer wildfires.
"FEDERAL FIREFIGHTING FUNDS DISTRIBUTED" (Inyo County Register, 08/10/2002)
The Bureau of Land Management's Bakersfield Field Office has received $300,000
to distribute under the Rural Fire Assistance Program.
"WILDLIFE TRIVIA: What is the State mammal for California?"
(See answer near the end of this newsletter)
HEADLINES AND HIGHLIGHTS
"RARE NEVADA BUTTERFLY GETS PERMANENT FEDERAL PROTECTION" (Associated
A thumbnail-size butterfly found only in northwestern Nevada and northeastern
California was given permanent protection Wednesday under the Endangered Species
Act. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been negotiating with the owner
of the land where the butterflies are found north of Reno to acquire the property.
FEATURE - CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT LAPEL PIN"
A bright colorful pin illustrating Carrizo Plain and attached is a bookmark.
"SUMMER HOME ON SIERRA RANGE.
NEW FORST RULES COULD LIMIT GRAZING PERMITS" (Record Net, 08/12/2002)
Through a rusty gate and down a dusty lane, across a meadow vibrant with summer
wildflowers, visions of the late 1800s spring to life around the rails of a
weathered corral. The barn stands proud, but the adjacent cabin, whose footprint
has been next to the corral since the 1880s, was done in by a couple of ranch
hands who accidentally burned it down.
"NEWS IN BRIEF - CALIF. WOMAN KILLED IN OHV ACCIDENT" (San Franciso
A Red Bluff, Calif., woman was killed and a man was critically injured in an
off-road vehicle accident at Sand Mountain 25 miles east of here.
"VOLUNTEERS WITH HORSE POWER" (Chicago Tribune, 08/11/2002)
Since 1976, the Bureau of Land Management has rounded up and sold nearly 160,000
wild horses--more than 2,000 to people in Illinois. Agency officials concede
they don't have the resources to provide as much support to owners as they would
like, so the agency relies on an evolving national network of volunteers to
work with people who adopt mustangs.
ANSWER TO THIS WEEK'S WILDLIFE TRIVIA: "What is the State mammal for California?"
The California grizzly bear is the State mammal for California.
SELECTED UPCOMING EVENTS
08/14/2002 - California Desert Southwest Transmission Line public meeting
08/15/2002 - California Desert Southwest Transmission Line public meeting
08/16/2002 - Televised Wild Horse and Burro Adoption
08/20/2002 - California Coatal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/21/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/22/2002 - Ridgecrest Steering Committee
BLM Ridgecrest Field Office
08/22/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/27/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
La Jolla (San Diego)
08/28/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
08/30/2002 - California Coastal National Monument public scoping meeting
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