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May 15 2017 | Out West student blog
At first glance, solar might seem like the perfect form of clean energy for this sunny state, but we can’t yet store solar power effectively enough to meet all our needs.
May 10 2017 | Out West student blog
Why does California rely on natural gas as its highest contributor to energy production, and why might this number grow?
Renewable energy options, including wind, are now cheaper to produce than many nonrenewable ones. Therefore, the market alone will favor the growth the wind industry regardless of any measures taken by anti-environmentalist political powers.
The severity of the recent drought helped overcome resistance to groundwater regulation in California.
Highly recognized as a wastewater treatment plant, the Watsonville Recycled Water Facility was developed as one of the ways to combat California’s growing water problem.
The San Clemente Dam used to lie on the Carmel River. However, in 1992, the dam was deemed unsafe due to seismic activity in the area. What followed was, the largest dam removal project to occur in California.
Apr 17 2017 | Out West student blog
The steelhead endangerment declaration and a dam's failed seismic review ushered in a new era for the Carmel River.
"It was absolutely incredible to me how much I had learned," writes Princess Umodu. "Keeping the ballot measures database updated was only the beginning. Work included compiling and double-checking legislation on various topics including voter id and poll watcher requirements, as well as a brief stint in legislative vacancies."
All those humans entering the park in a million cars also remind me that working for the NPS is such a gift, because I get to work for a cause that I truly love. Every day, I am working to protect and share the most wonderful place I’ve ever seen in my entire life—and hopefully inspiring others to protect it as well.
Aug 27 2016 | Out West student blog
I accompanied our neighbors, the Marine Mammal Center, to Point Reyes for a seal release. They released four harbor seals and two elephant seals on a small beach near an elephant seal rookery. It was all over in about five minutes, but still a heart-warming afternoon.

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