Natural Resources Defense Council

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Orange County Beaches Still Relatively Clean Despite NRDC's Tougher Testing Standards

    As we recently reported, Orange County did well in Heal the Bay's beach water quality report, as most of our beaches usually do, although they were helped by a lack of rainfall and the resulting lack of polluted runoff from storm drains and other sources. Now comes the Natural Resources Defense Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    Diverse Groups Join Forces to Seek 1 Million More Electric Cars in State by 2023

    A diverse coalition of community-based, public health, science and conservation groups across the state launched a campaign this week to put 1 million more electric cars, trucks and buses on California roads within 10 years.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    City Officials Turn to the Falcon (But Not the Snowman) to Clean Up Poopy Poche Beach

    We've been telling you for years how polluted Poche Beach is, but after scratching their heads, sniffing their pencils and consulting the stars, San Clemente city officials believe they have come up with a solution to their chronically stinky problem. Falcons.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Poche Beach, Among Orange County's Stinkiest, Gets Stinkier on July 4 Thanks to Sewage Spill

    Why don't we just rename Poche Beach Poopy Beach to reflect its sorry status as a pollution chute to the deep blue sea?A little over a week after being named one of the dirtiest beaches in the country, and despite recent efforts to clean it up, a 600-foot stretch of Poche closed Thursday afternoon d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    3 Orange County Beaches are Cleanest of the Clean in U.S. (and 2 are Dirtiest of the Dirty)

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a report identifying three California beaches with "Superstar" ratings, meaning they are among the cleanest of the clean nationwide.All three are in Orange County.The NRDC also listed three California beaches that may have you slipping into a hazma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Happy International Surfing Day! Water Pollution Regulators Reject Toll-Road Extension

    Here is great news for Surfrider Foundation members to wake up to on International Surfing Day: the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on Wednesday denied the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) the necessary permit to build the first segment of the 241 toll road extension.Activists f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Save San Onofre Coalition Files 2 Lawsuits to Stop Foothill/Eastern (241) Toll Road Extension

    The Save San Onofre coalition filed two lawsuits in San Diego Superior Court Wednesday aimed at stopping what it considers the first five-mile segment of a 16-mile toll road that would ultimately cut through a south Orange County park and up against a northern San Diego County beach.The complaints a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    "Conceptual Plan" for Foothill-South (241) Toll Road Extension Draws Scorn and Confusion

    Environmental activists opposed to the extension of the 241 toll road into South County are crying foul over the Orange County Transportation Corridor Agencies' (TCA) recently approving a conceptual plan for construction of the first leg of the project, alleging there was little public notice as pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Orange County Register Flambéed for Fawning Over Frickin' Fracking

    A media watchdog is barking about a recent Orange County Register editorial on an industry-friendly study boosting fracking, the controversial oil drilling technique critics fear causes earthquakes and groundwater contamination.

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    3 OC Beaches Ranked Among Cleanest in U.S. by NRDC, But Dirty Doheny Gets Spanked Again

    Three Orange County beaches are among the cleanest of 200 popular beaches around the country, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).However, the NRDC's "Testing the Waters" survey also identified three separate stretches of Doheny State Beach in Dana Point as be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Port of Long Beach Pact Allowing Truckers to Police Clean Trucks Program Draws Judge's Rebuke

    ​The Long Beach Harbor Commission illegally violated state environmental law when it weakened its truck cleanup program without first performing the required environmental review, a federal judge has ruled. Finding in favor of the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    [UPDATED] Rohrabacher, Calvert and Campbell Support Bad-Air Bills, NRDC Says

    ​UPDATED, JAN. 28, 11:04 A.M: Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn), who authored House Resolution 97, backed by Rohrabacher, Calvert and Campbell, issued this response to claims the bill supports polluters over the health of citizens: "The NRDC's connection between greenhouse gasses and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Tale of Three Port of Long Beach Realities

    ​"Ports Celebrate Clean Truck Program Anniversary"Long Beach Press Telegram"Port Trucking Company Fights Economy, Environmental Fee"89.3 KPCC"Backroom Deal Leaves Long Beach Truck Program in Hands of Polluting Industry"Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club via PR Newswire

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    OC Environmentalists Celebrate Momentous Decisions

    Ancestor walks take on new meaning after efforts to carve a toll road through Pahne failed.​Holiday celebrating started early for local environmental groups.On Friday, a diverse coalition of allies marked the one-year anniversary of a U.S. Department of Commerce decision that effectively stopped t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2009

    Enviros vs. Pillowy Soft Ultra Fluffy Quilted Toilet Paper Makers

    Toilet paper only accounts for 5 percent of the U.S. forest-products industry. Paper and cardboard packaging makes up 26 percent of the industry, although more than half is made from recycled products. Newspapers account for 3 percent. Still, environmentalists say 5 percent is too mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Californians Fare Best in NRDC Oil-Dependence Rankings

    ​The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just concluded a press conference in Washington, D.C., where the environment protectors released a report ranking states by: a) how vulnerable its citizens are to the combined effects of the economic downturn and changing oil prices and, b) significant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    NRDC: Clean OC Beaches Buck Dirty U.S., California Trend

    Sunset Beach: pretty clean​The Natural Resources Defense Council's annual survey of water quality and public notification at U.S. beaches contains plenty of bad news for anyone into wading into surf around the country without getting sick. Beach closings and advisories hit their fourth-highest lev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Toll-Road Dissing NOAA Now Fights to Protect Local Steelhead

    Perhaps environmentally sensitive locals should withhold sending support to the Sierra Club, the Surfrider Foundation and the Natural Resources Defense Council and instead cut checks to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It was, after all, the NOAA tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Interesting Op-Ed Pieces on FBI Informant, Toll Roads

    In "Breach of Trust: FBI Wants It Both Ways," the editorial board of UC Irvine's New University student newspaper takes issue with the indictment of a Muslim resident of Tustin and the use of a controversial government informant. (Background is here and here.) The case is bound to have a chilling ef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2008

    Who is Down on Measure R (and How Much Are They Down For)?

    Shea and Choi: big anti-R funders Measure R on the Irvine ballot asks residents to approve what a great job the Irvine City Council is doing on planning the Great Park on the old El Toro Marine Corps base (or if the measure loses, one supposes, what a piss-poor job they are doing). The conflict-of- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Schwarzenegger Sacks Shriver

    Governor Schwarzenegger sent a message to every one of his appointees this week by effectively firing the chair and vice-chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. Bobby Shriver, chairman of the Commission, is a Santa Monica City Councilman and the Governor's brother-in-law. Clin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Dirty Harry on San Onofre

    Clint Eastwood is Vice-Chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. He also used to surf down at Trestles in San Onofre. Thus it's little surprise he appears in the following video urging Southern Californians to save Trestles and San Onofre State Beach. This can be done by opposin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2008

    YouTube Saves Trestles

    The Save San Onofre Coalition really hopes the Coastal Commission is a buncha voyeurs. See, the SSOC (made up of Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Endangered Habitats League, Laguna Greenbelt, Surfrider Foundation, Audubon California, the California State Parks ... More >>

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    An Inconvenient Slope

    Big Bears ski resorts are covered in snow despite a chronic lack of natural snowfall. So where are the crowds? Dont blame global warmingblame the media

  • Columns

    November 23, 2006

    Diary of a Mad County

    Nov. 15 - Nov. 21

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Drugs Did Danny

    Smith: Sad (AP) Hot off the Associated Press: Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son died from a lethal combination of methadone and two antidepressant drugs, a U.S.-based pathologist who conducted a private autopsy said Wednesday. Toxicology tests showed Daniel Smith had methadone, Zoloft and Lexapr ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2006

    Toll Road Rage

    Hey, Porter! New firm cashes in on bad toll-road PR

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Ear Splitters

    A federal judge has temporarily forbidden the Navy from using high-intensity sonar in war-game exercises off the coast of Hawaii, ruling that environmental groups had provided "considerable convincing scientific evidence that the Navy's use of ... sonar can kill, injure, and disturb many species, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2006

    New Poll Takes Its Toll

    A public opinion survey released this fine Wednesday morning shows that 73% of Californians are opposed to extending a toll road through San Onofre State Beach. Last September, the Transportation Corridor Agencies commissioned their annual public opinion poll on how much we all love toll roads. The ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2005

    The Year in the 241 Toll Road

    The year in doing nothing

  • News

    December 29, 2005

    Toll Road Rage: 2005 in Review

    The year in the 241, the year in doing nothing

  • News

    August 25, 2005
  • News

    March 31, 2005

    No Mo Moiso

    Grassroots campaign aims to stop homebuilder from invading OCs last protected wilderness area

  • Features

    January 2, 2003
  • Columns

    December 5, 2002
  • News

    October 17, 2002

    Clean Water, Murky Politics

    The developers win again

  • News

    April 18, 2002
  • Columns

    August 31, 2000


    The very fonky Democratic convention won us back!

  • News

    February 3, 2000
  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Poo Fighters

    Once a friend of land developers, Garry Brown has joined the battle to keep OCs beaches free of the brown stuff