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Morning greens: Calif.'s water wins and woes, Temecula quarry quarrels, Ted Danson's new tome

Thousands expected to attend Riverside County hearing over Temecula rock quarry. Reports KPCC: “Opponents worry that the quarry would fill the air with hazardous dust particles, damage a nearby ecological reserve and stifle tourism.”

Warm weather attracts hikers and rescue crews to Eaton Canyon. Reports Pasadena Star-News: “As spring turns to summer, Eaton Canyon will once again draw hikers to its two waterfalls – and rescuers will be ready. They’ve had 10 calls so far this year – and it’s not even peak hiking season yet.”

Winter rains bring more crops to California farms. On KPCC’s Madeleine Brand Show: “Parts of the Central Valley where water was cut during drought years are getting bigger allotments. That means easier lines of credit and a lot more planting near Fresno and Coalinga.”

But don’t rest easy yet. Time is running out to fix Northern Calif.’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Reports Climate Watch: “Various planning efforts have gone on for decades and millions spent on ways to balance the delicate Sacramento-San Joaquin river ecosystems, with ever-growing demands for water.”

Climate change worsens Western water woes, reports AP. “A report released Monday by the Interior Department said annual flows in three prominent river basins – the Colorado, Rio Grande and San Joaquin – could decline by as much 8 percent to 14 percent over the next four decades. The three rivers provide water to eight states, from Wyoming to Texas and California, as well as to parts of Mexico.” LA Times also reports on the news.

Actor Ted Danson pens an environmental book about our oceans. Reports LA Times: “Though it does include a personal preface, the book is far from a Hollywood memoir. Instead, it’s more like “An Inconvenient Truth” for the oceans, making Danson the Al Gore of marine life.”

In national news: Levees ready to burst as rain pounds central US. Reports AP: “Relentless, driving rain is pounding southern Missouri, leaving levees ready to burst and sending residents to higher ground – and the rain isn’t expected to stop for days.”

Pediatricians ask Feds to protect kids from toxic chemicals. Reports NPR: “Parents worry about exposing their children to chemicals like BPA, but nobody knows for sure what they do. That’s because current law doesn’t require that chemicals be tested for safety before hitting the market. The American Academy of Pediatrics wants the EPA to change that.”

Photo: This field — and many others — in the Central Valley are fully planted thanks to heavy rain this season (karmadude/Flickr)