Weekly Roundup | March 15, 2013

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Mercury News 3/9/13
Palo Alto ban on plastic bags could expand
Palo Alto’s pioneering ban on plastic bags could soon be expanded to include restaurants and a charge on paper bags.
The city council is scheduled to review a new ordinance Monday that would prohibit all retailers from using plastic bags. It comes more than three years after the city restricted grocery stores from using plastic bags.
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Mercury News 3/15/13
Next big step in Jerry Brown’s $23 billion Delta tunnels plan unveiled
Gov. Jerry Brown’s $23 billion proposal to build two massive, 35-mile-long tunnels that would make it easier to move water from Northern California to farms and cities in the south and other parts of the state took a step forward Thursday with the release of the plan’s first details.
But even as the Brown administration rolled out four of 12 chapters of its “draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan” amid fanfare and a Capitol news conference, hanging over the event was the reality that the project faces a series of huge hurdles, any of which could kill it.
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NRDC Switchboard 3/14/13
What to Look For in The New Bay Delta Conservation Plan
NRDC, Defenders of Wildlife, the Planning and Conservation League, and The Bay Institute released the following statement today about the latest draft plan from the State of California for restoring the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas and improving water supply reliability.  Our groups, along with a coalition of business interests and urban water agencies, have proposed a conceptual alternative to the state’s draft plan that holds significant promise for offering a cost-effective solution to these thorny challenges.  We’ll be reviewing the details of the state’s latest proposal in the coming days and weeks to see how well it addresses the critical questions posed below.
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Greater Greater Washington 3/11/13
Appreciate our furry ecosystem engineers
The DC area’s beaver population has boomed in the past 20 years, and that’s a great thing.
It’s a sign that our region’s waterways, having suffered from decades of channelization, pollution, neglect and mismanagement, are starting to regain their ecological health, though much work remains to be done.
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North Bay Business Journal 3/8/13
Regulators scrap Napa River, Sonoma Creek vineyard runoff waiver
State water-quality regulators this afternoon announced the withdrawal of a proposed conditional waiver program for vineyards in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds from state-set limits on erosion and plans to regulate vineyard water runoff under more general requirements.
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