Lloyd G Carter Blog
A note from Lloyd:
On Thursday, July 10, at 1 p.m. on KFCF radio, Fresno, I will interview Loren Wood, overseer of the Harlan P. Kelsey Arboretum, on my monthly radio show. If you are in the Fresno area, you can hear the show at 88.1 FM. You can hear it live streaming on the internet at www.kfcf.org.
Mr. Wood, who holds a master's degree from Harvard University and is the overseer of the Kelsey Arboretum, contends that Kelsey was the East Coast counterpart of John Muir and was an acclaimed native plant horticulturalist as well as a driving force in the establishment of several national parks in the Eastern U.S. Wood has written a book entitled "Beautiful Land of the Sky."
Tune in if you get a chance.
I will be interviewing Richard Bookbinder tomorrow at 1 p.m. PDT, live on KFCF radio in Fresno, 88.1 FM, and also streaming live worldwide on www.kfcf.org. Bookbinder works for TerraVerde Capital Management LLC, a New York-based investment firm that specialzes in sustainable infrastructure including water, power, agriculture, transportation and waste management. TerraVerde has released a report on the water crisis worldwide and what can be done to solve it. Bookbinder will also be talking about drought conditions in California. Tune in if you get a chance.
The award-winning environmental film, "Dam Nation" will be shown at a benefit at the Tower Theater on Saturday, May 31, at 7 p.m. General Admission will be $12. All proceeds will go to benefit Big City Mountaineers Silent Auction and guest speakers. For sponsorship or vendor opportunities contact Jason Edens at (559) 284-4189. For tickets call the Tower Theatre Box Office at (559) 485-9050 or purchase online at www.towertheatrefresno.com.
FROM A Natural Resources Defense Council and Los Angeles Waterkeeper news release
WASHINGTON (May 5, 2014) – A decision today by the U.S. Supreme Court will protect millions of people living near and visiting Los Angeles rivers and beaches from the harmful effects of water pollution. The Supreme Court declined Los Angeles County and the County Flood Control District’s request to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling finding Los Angeles County liable for untreated stormwater pollution that plagues local waterways.
The decision stems from a lawsuit initiated by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Los Angeles Waterkeeper in 2008. The Supreme Court previously remanded the case to the Ninth Circuit Court, which sided with NRDC and Waterkeeper last August. In an attempt to shirk its responsibility for cleaning up the region’s chronically polluted waterways, the County petitioned the Supreme Court for review in January 2014. Denying review of the case allows the lower court ruling to remain in place and holds Los Angeles County liable for water pollution, with documented and persistent violations of its Clean Water Act permit in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers since 2003. READ MORE »
WASHINGTON (May 1, 2014) – An animated video released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) illustrates how the agribusiness giant, Monsanto, and its competitors are responsible for the rise of “superweeds” – weeds that have developed resistance to a common herbicide that once kept them in check.
According to a recent UCS policy brief, superweeds are cropping up on more than 60 million acres of U.S. cropland, increasing farmers’ costs and driving an increase in overall herbicide use and the return of more toxic chemicals. The video, “Monsanto Supersizes Farmers' Weed Problem—but Science Can Solve It,” depicts Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seed and herbicide system as a “superhero” with a fatal flaw. Monsanto sold the system as a way to make weed control easier.
Farmers adopted the system enthusiastically, and for a while it did reduced their overall use of herbicides. However, as weeds developed resistance to Roundup weed killer, the false superhero was unmasked. Nationally, weeds began to develop resistance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, only five years after the Roundup Ready products were introduced in the United States. Resistant weeds can grow eight feet tall and the tough stems damage farm equipment. These weeds also steal nutrients from crops, hurting crop yields and overall productivity. READ MORE »
Federal Judge gives Westlands and Reclamation six more months to pursue settlement talks on drainage problem
Federal Judge Lawrence O’Neill in Fresno has signed an order allowing the Westlands Water District and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation another 6 months to pursue settlement talks without any further implementation of the 2007 Record of Decision regarding Westlands' long-standing farm drainage water problem.
The key final paragraph of O'Neill's order reads as follows: READ MORE »