News and notes about birds and conservation in California
California Condor. Photo: Scott Frier/USFWS
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Trump Administration is moving to restrict the ability of coastal states like California to block new offshore oil drilling in federal waters:
In a notice published earlier this month, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration asked the public to weigh in on ways to “streamline” a state review process granted under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
The 1972 law is widely considered one of the most powerful tools states have to regulate activity off their coasts. It applies to all of the coastal and Great Lakes states, with the exception of Alaska.
The act gives states a voice when federal projects or industry development affect their coast, even activities that occur outside a state’s jurisdiction, which extends three miles from the coast.
Audubon California's Xerónimo Castañeda talks about the beginning of the 2019 Tricolored Blackbird breeding season. He even talks about finding his first found colony of the season. This is an important time for the Tricolored Blackbird, as it is now listed as Threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. That said, we still need to identify the colonies and do everything we can to protect them. Learn more about our efforts to save this terrific bird here.
In today's Desert Sun, Audubon California's Frank Ruiz urges the state to take advantage of the opportunity and finally do right by the Salton Sea.
A key quote:
This year brings a new governor and new administration leaders to this effort. This should be a defining year for the Salton Sea — a time when we as Californians can decide what kind of future we want for this unique place.
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