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Geologists Work to Put Radon Gas on the Map

It's invisible, odorless and colorless, but in the case of radon gas, what you can't see may well hurt you. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the country, behind cigarette smoking, responsible for up to 30,000 deaths each year.  A radon gas mapping project underway by the California Geological Survey will help the state's Department of Health Services better understand the hazard of radon gas to California citizens.

Spenceville Mine Reclamation Project Cleans Up Environmental Award

An old copper mine near Marysville has been leaking acid into streams since it closed in 1918, and had enough toxic mine waste to fill about 10,000 dump trucks. But the Spenceville Mine is an environmental disaster no more thanks to a coalition of state agencies, including DOC's California Geological Survey and Office of Mine Reclamation.

Grant Paves Way to Preserve Salinas Valley Farm

What's a life-long family farmer to do when a nearby city grows as fast as the summer crops? See how Department of Conservation grants help keep farms from turning into urban development through the use of conservation easements.

What's Up, DOQQ?

You won't find these maps at AAA, but they're on the cutting edge of technology. Check out what the DOC is doing with digital orthophoto quarter-quads -- DOQQs for short.