As water becomes more of valuable commodity in the United States, competition between public and private uses for this resource is heating up. This has caused a disturbing trend in governmental sector which seems to be succumbing to political pressure to side more often with corporate interest wishing to privatize water use.
The U.S. Department of Justice has conceded and U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason today signed an order confirming that the State of Alaska owns the submerged lands of the Fortymile River’s Mosquito Fork. This is a successful outcome for the State of Alaska, which filed a lawsuit in 2012 seeking to confirm state ownership of these lands.
The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science has submitted a report to the Secretary of the Interior on the operations and partnerships of the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and Climate Science Centers. In this report, the Committee offers nine recommendations regarding the co-production of actionable science, encouraging coordination and collaboration within DOI and with partners, engaging tribal and indigenous peoples, and program evaluation.There may be something in this report that would be useful in commenting on the BSWI and CY RMPs:
Not sure if you saw this recent story from KNOM on the Graphite One issue. It's interesting that they have both Joy Huntington and now Walter Sampson involved in "community engagement" -- they both served that role on the Ambler mining road issue. Lots of rhetoric and "let's play nice to figure out how to make this work for everyone" involved while driving the mining agenda.
Great quote in there from Cora!
LOS ANGELES — When Edmund G. Brown Sr. was governor of California, people were moving in at a pace of 1,000 a day. With a jubilant Mr. Brown officiating, California commemorated the moment it became the nation’s largest state, in 1962, with a church-bell-ringing, four-day celebration. He was the boom-boom governor for a boom-boom time: championing highways, universities and, most consequential, a sprawling water network to feed the explosion of agriculture and development in the dry reaches of central and Southern California.