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Lucerne Valley Solar Project Draft EIS Released

BLM Announces Availability of the Lucerne Valley Solar Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Plan Amendment for Public Review

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) notice, published in today’s Federal Register, announces the availability of a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and draft plan amendment for the proposed Chevron Energy Solution’s Lucerne Valley Solar Project in San Bernardino County.

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Help Save the Hammers!

You can view the plan at: http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/las/Pages/default.aspx

A Q&A document with highlights of major changes in the final EIS is posted at:

http://www.marines.mil/unit/29palms/LAS/Documents/V7_FEIS__FAQS_120725.pdf

Public comments are due by Aug. 27.


For context, issuance of the EIS has been anticipated for months. 

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Fifteen current and former Arizona Game and Fish commissioners urge president to say no on monument designation


(Jan. 22, 2016) PHOENIX – The five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging that he not designate 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona as a new Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

Calling the proposed monument “a solution to a non-existing problem,” the commissioners said designating this large swath of land as a national monument could impose unnecessary rules and regulations, negatively impact outdoor recreation, and compromise the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s ability to manage and conserve the public's wildlife.


The commissioners support the multiple-use concept on public land, as that approach provides the most wildlife-related recreational opportunities for the public and allows the commission and department to work closely with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on sustainable resource management.

“That partnership is not broken, and we do not believe another layer of bureaucracy is needed to conserve or ‘protect’ 1.7 million more acres on the Arizona Strip or Kaibab National Forest,” the commissioners said in the letter.

The commissioners countered several claims by monument proponents, pointing out that:

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John Stewart

Little Change in Drought Over 60 Years

A new paper out in the current issue of Nature finds little evidence to support claims that drought has increased globally over the past 60 years. The authors write:

Drought is expected to increase in frequency and severity in the future as a result of climate change, mainly as a consequence of decreases in regional precipitation but also because of increasing evaporation driven by global warming. Previous assessments of historic changes in drought over the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries indicate that this may already be happening globally. In particular, calculations of the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) show a decrease in moisture globally since the 1970s with a commensurate increase in the area in drought that is attributed, in part, to global warming. The simplicity of the PDSI, which is calculated from a simple water-balance model forced by monthly precipitation and temperature data, makes it an attractive tool in large-scale drought assessments, but may give biased results in the context of climate change6. Here we show that the previously reported increase in global drought is overestimated because the PDSI uses a simplified model of potential evaporation that responds only to changes in temperature and thus responds incorrectly to global warming in recent decades. More realistic calculations, based on the underlying physical principles that take into account changes in available energy, humidity and wind speed, suggest that there has been little change in drought over the past 60 years.

What does this mean?

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John Stewart

DLRP - No Webinar 11/27 - Dec. 13 webinar

Dear Dinkey Collaborative members and interested parties,

There is no webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  We had originally held this date but at the last meeting realized we would not have sufficient time to prepare materials, and released it.  I apologize if this was not clear to people at the November 15 meeting.

Regarding December 13:  Please hold this date.  However, please hold the afternoon from 1 to 4 pm — if held on December 13, the webinar would be that afternoon, not in the morning.  We apologize for any scheduling confusion.

We are working on the schedule for the next 3 months and will have more information this Thursday, including proposed dates for the next steps identified on November 15.  We will also provide an agenda and meeting materials for our December 6 meeting at that time.

Sincerely,

Dorian Fougères, Ph.D.
Lead Mediator and Facilitator
Center for Collaborative Policy
California State University, Sacramento

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