LA Times Story: House Passes Bill to Expand Wilderness

House Passes Bill to Expand Wilderness

In California–which now has 14
million acres of wilderness (second
only to Alaska, which has more than
57 million acres) — the bill would
protect about 700,000 additional
acres from new roads and most
commercial uses such as new mining,
logging and energy development.
Included in the legislation is $88
million to help fund a project to return
year-round flows and a prized salmon
run to the San Joaquin River for the
first time since the 1940s. The bill
also would provide $61 million toward
cleanup of polluted groundwater in
the San Gabriel Valley.


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