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A report calls for draconian cutbacks in irrigated farmland in the Central Valley; bipartisan Natural Resources Management Act sparks debate over Alaskan lands; Indigenous representatives speak on effects of climate change; thousands of cacti stolen from public lands; and other news from around the West.
Two experts from Stanford’s Water in the West program explain the potential impacts on the future of water in California of the proposed plan to downsize the $17 billion Delta twin tunnels project.
Feb 11 2019 | Happenings
The richness of his lived experience, said the actor Wes Studi in a Jan. 29 appearance, is part of what has allowed him to take on complicated and powerful roles.
The drama over the Colorado River’s Drought Contingency Plan continues; stealthy trout cling to survival; the wonder of old maps, art in the desert; and other recent environmental stories of interest.
Water availability and wilderness; thunderstorms on par with volcanic eruptions; golf balls in the ocean; how a border wall could affect animals; and indigenous mapmaking. Some of the best environmental reads from the past week.
“Most of the popular images of rural America show a homogeneously white population,” writes Surabhi Balachander, “but rurality in itself encompasses varied lives and locales.”
Unsold beans pile up in the Northwest; Spokane grapples with a toxic legacy; native treaties clash with Wyoming hunting laws; Phoenix plans for more heat; and kids serve on snowflake watch – some of this week’s notable environmental stories.

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