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State Department Takes Prudent Action on Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (April 18, 2014) – The State Department announced today it will extend its decision-making period on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Spring-run Salmon Release Marks Progress in Restoring San Joaquin River
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 17, 2014) – Today, for the first time in over 60 years, spring run Chinook salmon returned to the San Joaquin River when the San Joaquin River Restoration Program released 54,000 juvenile into California’s second largest river. The salmon release is part of a long-term effort to revive the River’s historic salmon fishery and create a healthier waterway for the communities of the San Joaquin River Valley while improving water management in one of the most productive agricultural regions in the nation. The San Joaquin River Restoration Program is the result of the 2006 landmark restoration settlement agreement between NRDC representing fishing and conservation groups, the federal government and the Friant Water Authority representing over 15,000 farmers.

Redford Urges Americans to “Join Me in Standing Up to Big Oil”
WASHINGTON (April 17, 2014) – In a nationwide appeal, environmental activist Robert Redford today called on the American public to help put the Arctic Ocean off limits to oil industry drilling plans. The Hollywood director and actor singled out Royal Dutch Shell, which continues to pursue plans to drill there, something he called “a recipe for disaster.”

NRDC: Court Unanimously Agrees Feds Unlawfully Renewed Unsustainable Water Supply Contracts in the Bay-Delta
SAN FRANCISCO (April 16, 2014) – A unanimous eleven-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned two earlier court rulings that upheld the federal government’s renewal of several dozen long-term water supply contracts for diversions from the Bay-Delta ecosystem in 2004 and 2005. The court sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), California Trout, San Francisco Baykeeper, Friends of the River and The Bay Institute, concluding that renewal of these water supply contracts by the Bureau of Reclamation violated the Endangered Species Act. NRDC, Earthjustice and Altshuler Berzon LLP represented the environmental groups.

In Ad and Letter, Nobel Laureates Urge Obama to Deny Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
WASHINGTON (April 16, 2014) – Ten Nobel Peace Prize laureates today are urging President Obama to deny the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, citing the moral imperative of protecting some of the world’s most vulnerable populations from the devastating effects of climate change. The laureates include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jimmy Carter, and landmine activist Jody Williams.

California Fails to Protect Drinking Water from Toxic “Erin Brockovich” Chemical
SAN FRANCISCO (April 15, 2014) – The California Department of Public Health today announced its final drinking water standard for the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich. The state’s new Maximum Contaminant Level of 10 parts per billion is 500 times greater than the level identified as safe by the California Environmental Protection Agency.

NRDC Welcomes Change in Direction of Bill to Support California’s Climate Plan
SACRAMENTO (April 14, 2014) – California Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) today offered a new plan to invest auction proceeds from California’s groundbreaking clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32).

UN Experts Issue Dire Warning about Climate Change
WASHINGTON (April 13, 2014) -- The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today issued its latest report with an urgent call to action.

Interior Department Adopts a More Balanced Approach toward Land Management
WASHINGTON (April 10, 2014) – The Interior Department today unveiled a new, more balanced approach toward managing our public lands, a policy shift that will give equal weight to the protection of our natural resources.

NRDC: Water Agencies’ Drought Plan Needs Balance
SACRAMENTO (April 9, 2014)  The California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today released their proposed 2014 Drought Operations Plan, a proposal that waives key environmental standards to the detriment of the majority of Californians.

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