As 2009 moved into spring and summer, insects, drought and water supply became important concerns in Orange County. We continue with our review of 2009′s green highlights. (See previous post covering January, February and March.)
April, May, June
April opened with a story of two Orange County women who specialize in rescuing unwanted bees, farming them out to small farmers and hobbyists. The story provoked an outpouring of bee stories from readers.
Mid-month, the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles — the region’s water wholesaler — announced a 10 percent cut in supply to downstream agencies, including Orange County’s. It was one of many signs of a dry year and tightening water supplies, and prompted water agencies throughout coastal Southern California to step up campaigns for voluntary conservation.
Bill Clinton spoke in Orange County on Earth Day, April 22, an event covered live in Green OC.
In May, the environmental group, Heal the Bay, reported that Orange County beaches showed their cleanest bacterial readings in six years, largely a result of dry weather conditions that kept contaminants from flowing into the ocean from stormdrains.
A story about an invasion of Orange County by brown widow spiders prompted another flood of reader response; the spiders, related to black widows, possess more powerful venom but deliver far less of it when they bite, making their bites much less harmful than those of black widows.
As budget woes overwhelmed the state government, Chino Hills State Park was listed among those marked for possible closure; a later agreement spared the park from closing, but brought a range of cuts in service and hours at Chino Hills and other parks throughout the state.
In June, scientists reported record grunion runs on local beaches.
Watch this space for more posts on Orange County’s year in green.