FLIGHTS: California
California - Solar Energy Zones
State: California
Description: Balancing the ability to tap solar energy's potential while minimizing environmental impacts means building a program that guides projects to low-conflict solar energy zones: areas with great solar resources that do not contain critical wildlife habitat, wilderness quality lands or sensitive cultural resources... read more
California, Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
State: California
Region: Mojave Desert
Description: Thousands of “Heliostat” mirrors are programed to track the sun and point toward a solar receiver filled with water on top a 400 foot high tower. The high temperature turns the water into steam which is piped into a turbine, generating electricity at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System... read more
California, Mojave Desert -  Desert Protection Act of 2011
State: California
Region: Southern California
Description: The California Desert Protection Act hopes to create new national monuments, add acreage to the wIlderness preservation system and increase the size of several parks in the area. If passed, this act would protect this desert's unrivaled natural beauty, rich history, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities... read more
California, Palm Springs - Wind Power
State: California
Description: This wind farm on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in the San Bernadino Mountains contains more than 4000 separate windmills and provides enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Developed beginning in the 1980s, it is one of three major wind farms in California... read more
Colorado - Piceance Basin Oil and Gas
State: California
Description: How Garfield County came to have more drilling rigs than Saudi Arabia...In 2008, at the peak of the drilling frenzy, more than 2,000 gas wells were drilled in the Piceance Basin. In 2010, Garfield, Mesa and Rio Blanco counties produced 750 billion cubic feet of gas – 3 percent of the U.S. total, with an estimated value that year of $3 billion...read more
Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: In April of 2013 the Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the country. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. The river is the major water artery in the Southwest, a region that is drier than the deserts of North Africa. In spite of the lack of rainfall and very high summer temperatures, this dry desert is now home to tens of millions of people and includes some of the major agricultural areas in the United States... read more
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”