Why a $200 million plant will make the grasslands of California healthier
When it comes to the state’s natural environment, California is a giant in its own right.
Its grasslands are the richest, most fertile and diverse in the country, and the state is home to more than 5,000 species of native plants and animals.
But the grassland has also become increasingly polluted, as the California Air Resources Board recently concluded.
In the last 10 years, the agency found, more than 1,000 polluted air pollutants — including air pollution from vehicles, power plants and factories — were detected in the state, with more than 400 of those being linked to the industry.
In 2016, the state had 6,723 toxic air pollutants.
In 2017, that number jumped to 9,567.
“We’re not a land of abundant vegetation,” said Jim Darnell, the president and CEO of the California Farm Bureau, a nonprofit that represents farmers.
“What we have now is so polluted, and that’s where we have to be careful.”
In an effort to reduce the pollution, the California Environmental Protection Agency in 2016 established a new program, the Grassland Health Plan, which provides funding to help landowners build and maintain more than 40 miles of new grassland infrastructure.
This year, the plan includes $5 million to install 1,600 miles of additional greenways, trails, and green bridges.
“I think the grass is going to take off again,” said Chris Kostka, an air quality coordinator with the agency, adding that the goal is to reduce air pollution by 50% by 2025.
“The plan was built around getting people to buy in.”
That goal could be a challenge for farmers who are looking to add greenery to their fields or are already looking to expand their operations.
The state’s agricultural sector is not alone in facing challenges with pollution. “
So the plan was put together to encourage them to make that investment in green infrastructure and to make them think about the future and how they want to maintain the environment.”
The state’s agricultural sector is not alone in facing challenges with pollution.
In May, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that allows farmers to pollute up to 10 times more than is allowed by state law.
But many farmers who oppose the bill say it only goes so far.
“Farmers are responsible for maintaining the environment and we have a responsibility to do it responsibly,” said Bob Biederman, who manages the California Ranch Industry Association.
“But at the end of the day, you can’t have farmers putting up fence posts in their fields, unless you have a legal right to do so.”
The problem of pollution is especially acute in the drought-battered state’s Central Valley, where many farmers have already struggled to manage the massive amounts of water that has poured into the region over the past few years.
The region, which has been experiencing a severe drought since late 2014, has seen an explosion in crop losses, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
That drought has made the area increasingly vulnerable to soil erosion and water stress, and with more of the water expected to be lost by 2050, the drought could threaten agricultural businesses across the state.
“With the current climate, we are seeing that soil erosion is going into the ground,” said Darnel.
“It’s already happening.
There is no doubt that erosion is a problem in the Central Valley.”
A study published in June found that the amount of groundwater pumped out of the region each year could be up to 100 times higher than previously thought.
“There’s a huge amount of water in the system that is not being treated properly, and it’s a massive amount of contamination,” said Kevin D. Loh, who researches water resources and climate change at UC Berkeley.
In the fall of 2017, a study from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there was about 20 million acre-feet of groundwater that was either in poor condition or not being adequately treated. “
Water contamination is a big problem in California.”
In the fall of 2017, a study from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there was about 20 million acre-feet of groundwater that was either in poor condition or not being adequately treated.
That study also estimated that as much as 1.4 billion acre-foot of the groundwater could be “in imminent danger of groundwater contamination” and that a “large portion of this groundwater is potentially in high risk of contamination.”
This month, the U,S.
Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would be removing 1.3 billion acre feet of water from the Central Coast by 2020.
In addition, the National Wildlife Federation recently reported that an estimated 6 million fish and wildlife species were being impacted by the drought and the increasing amount of pollution in the region.
“This is the biggest problem facing the Central California region,” said Loh.
“If we’re going to do