Campground told to obey by EPA

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ACTON – The owner of an Acton recreational-vehicle park and campground was ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove structures that divert the flow of the Santa Clara River to form a swimming area and to restore a section of the environmentally sensitive waterway. Young Song, owner of the Robin’s Nest Campground in Soledad Canyon, face fines and prosecution if he does not remove structures that diverted the flow of Southern California’s last wild river, according to a press release from the EPA. He also must restore wetlands that were cleared and graded near the headwaters of the river that flows to the Pacific at Oxnard. Young did not return a call seeking comment. The orders followed an investigation initially conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, which wants to protect the river, particularly the headwaters because the location provides a high-quality habitat for an endangered fish, the inch-long unarmored threespine stickleback. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The Santa Clara River is a very important resource, and this particular location is home to large populations of an endangered species,” said Josh Burnam, a senior regulatory project manager with the corps’ Los Angeles District. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Fish and Game and the state Regional Water Quality Control Board informed Young in 2003 of permit requirements for grading wetlands in relation to his plan to grade the wetlands and dam the river to create a swimming pool, according to the EPA statement. In May 2005, after learning from a local resident that large-scale earth-moving activities were under way, the Corps of Engineers ordered Young to stop filling the river without the required Clean Water Act permit. A recent inspection by EPA and the Corps of Engineers representatives found about 2.2 acres of the river and surrounding wetlands had been filled with water, compromising the flow, the EPA report said. “Unauthorized filling of wetlands and damming of open waters can have serious environmental consequences,” said Alexis Strauss, water division director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. “The Santa Clara River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in Southern California.” last_img read more

Mitochondrial Clock Untrustworthy

first_imgA major assumption of the “molecular clock” dating method has been called into question.  If so, Science Now describes the impact on current theories:“Mitochondrial Eve,” the hypothetical mother of all modern humans who lived about 150,000 years ago, might be lying about her age.  A key assumption in determining how long ago she lived—that molecules of mitochondrial DNA do not swap segments with one another—is false, researchers now say.  Their findings call into question a multitude of findings in evolution, early human migration, and even the relations between languages.The mitochondria in our cells, organelles that provide the ATP power supply, contain small amounts of DNA.  You may have heard that we inherit this mitochondrial DNA only from our mothers.  Now, scientists have found evidence that male mitochondrial DNA can be inherited, and might be mixed in with the rest of the mitochondrial DNA.  Since “the implications are that this is going on all the time in our cells,” that would render it untrustworthy as a genealogical tracer and dating method.    An announcement about evidence for recombination in human mitochondrial DNA was published in the May 14 issue of Science.1Kraytsberg et al., “Recombination of Human Mitochondrial DNA,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5673, 981, 14 May 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1096342].If confirmed, this calls into question many studies on presumed evolutionary history.  Mitochondrial DNA’s history “is clearly not as clean as people had thought.  Or people had wished,” lamented one molecular biologist.  The wishers are the dreamers in the Darwin Party, who are waking up from one of their favorite dreams to find out it was just … a dream.    Harrub and Thompson have a good section on “the demise of mitochondrial Eve” and the problems with the molecular clock hypothesis in their new book, The Truth About Human Origins (Apologetics Press, 2004, ch. 3).  Unfortunately, some creationists had joined the Mitochondrial Eve bandwagon, thinking it supported the Biblical story of a single human pair.  It had problems years ago (see 10/31/2000 headline).  This should be a lesson on the folly of trusting any tale about the unobservable past coming from the Darwin Sand & Gravel Co.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more