FLIGHTS: California
California -  Desert Conservation and Recreation Act
State: California
Region: Southern California
Description: Building on this legacy, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced California Desert Protection Act in 2011 to chart a course for regional planning and protects the heart of the California desert, wildlife corridors, habitat for rare and endangered species, recreational opportunities and unique archaeological resources. In February 2015, Feinstein introduced the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act... read more
California - Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat
State: California
Region: Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (CVMSHCP) is a regional conservation plan that will add over 240,000 acres of permanently conserved open space and protect 27 species, safeguarding the desert's natural heritage for future generations.

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 - 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
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
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 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...”