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Alameda County takes another step to reduce Bay pollution with a pharmaceutical take-back program. Plus we’ve got the full round-up on the Restore Hetch Hetchy campaign AND the recently release Bay Delta Water Plan. Check it all out here:

Oakland Tribune 2/28/2012
Alameda County set to become first to force drugmakers to take back pharmaceuticals
Alameda County moved a step closer Tuesday to becoming the first county in the nation to make drug manufacturers responsible for disposing of unused and expired pharmaceuticals that are contaminating drinking water and putting youths and seniors at risk.

Bay Citizen 2/29/2012
Measure Would Make Hetch Hetchy a Reservoir No More
The dreams of John Muir and other environmentalists could become an expensive reality under a ballot measure designed to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park and restore the valley’s meadows and forests.

San Francisco Chronicle 3/1/2012
Water initiative seeks Hetch Hetchy alternative
The group that wants to tear down O’Shaughnessy Dam and restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural state filed papers in San Francisco Wednesday outlining a ballot initiative that would require the city to develop a plan to reconfigure its water supply system.

Sacramento Bee 3/1/2012
Bay Delta water diversion plan could harm fish temporarily, state analysis says
A controversial project to alter water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could prove initially harmful to some fish species, but state officials say those species and others will benefit in the long run.

Contra Costa Times 3/1/2012
House approves bill to ship more Delta water south
A plan that critics called a reckless power play to take more Delta water for powerful San Joaquin Valley farm districts passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, and while its prospects of immediately becoming law are dim, some observers feared pieces of it could still re-emerge later in the year.

San Francisco Chronicle 3/1/2012
Calif. delta tunnel plan would increase pumping
The amount of water pumped out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta would significantly increase and some species would be harmed if massive tunnels are built to move water around the fragile ecosystem, according to thousands of pages of documents released by state officials Wednesday.

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