Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 4 September 2016 California is one of at least 23 states where so-called aquifer exemptions — exceptions to federal environmental law that allow mining or oil and gas companies to dump waste directly into drinking water reserves — have been issued [Photo caption]  As the western United States struggles with chronic water […]

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October 29, 2015 Kate Poole California is not just dragging its feet when it comes to updating and enforcing water quality standards for the beleaguered San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Instead, the State appears to be up to its neck in cement, paralyzed in its ability to enforce and update critical water quality standards for the […]

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Please visit the 2016 National Monitoring Conference Website to view the draft conference agenda.  The Conference-at-a-Glance and Concurrent Session Details, including speaker names and presentation titles, are available on the Agenda page  for planning and registration purposes.  This national forum is designed for all water stakeholders, including federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, […]

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May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm Yes,  if the first comprehensive review of the issue in a decade is correct in concluding that low doses of chemicals can harm health. Although the hypothesis that chemicals can have health effects at doses much lower than those routinely tested in the toxicological evaluation of chemicals is much-discussed, […]

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This searchable database contains an extensive compendium of numeric water quality thresholds from the literature for over 860 chemical constituents and water quality parameters. Included are: California and Federal Drinking Water Standards (MCLs) California Public Health Goals (PHGs) California State Notification and Response Levels for Drinking Water Health Advisories, Water Quality Advisories, and Drinking Water […]

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To All, WOW! This could prove to be beneficial for efforts to improve flows. Chris The purpose of this message is to provide information about a new water measurement law which will affect water right holders and diverters who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year.   The law includes a new reporting requirement […]

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I began sending out my article on the founding of the Wine and Water Watch (WWW) group yesterday. It has already been published in at least the following places, which include India and Virginia. It will likely be published elsewhere in the next few days. If you google the words “wine and water watch” with […]

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August 19, 2015 Maven Maven note:  Headline is the one issued with the press release. It should perhaps more properly be: “Groundwater Subsidence Causing Valley Land to Sink” From the Department of Water Resources: As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA […]

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August 19, 2015, Maven Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe […]

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By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze July 31, 2015 A national environmental organization went to court this week demanding an immediate halt to hydraulic fracturing and other intensive well-stimulation methods until California petroleum industry regulators can consider new scientific findings of troubling health and environmental threats. If a judge agrees with the Center for Biological Diversity, […]

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To All, There is a public hearing on a Sonoma County well ordinance that has important ramifications on new well development that will impact water availability. Permit and Resource Management (PRMD), 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa CA July 21  2:00 p.m.  Item 74- Conduct a Public Hearing and Adopt a Resolution – Adopt a Resolution, […]

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To All, There are many facets that must be considered if  were are to find solution(s) to our water supply and drought issues. Of course, bottom line, we all must conserve.  That means every person, business, or industry. Agriculture is not living up to their responsibility in the area of conservation.  Agriculture, via the California […]

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By Ryan Sabalow rsabalow@sacbee.com After more than six decades of secrecy, the reports that water well drillers file with the state are set to become public under a bill signed into law this week. But because of privacy concerns, it’s still not clear whether the public will get to see the precise locations of the […]

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By Peter Fimrite May 9, 2015 Updated: May 12, 2015 Shara Fish of Mount Shasta carries bottles filled with spring water from the headwaters of the Sacramento River in Mount Shasta, Calif., on Tues. April 28, 2015. Crystal Geyser is opening a bottling plant nearby without any environmental review or limits at a time when […]

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On May 12th,  the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1732, a bill which would require the EPA to withdraw their proposed clean water rule and essentially start the process over from scratch. With the Republican majority in the House, the bill passed by a vote of 261-155. 24 Democrats voted the wrong way, but […]

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Last night the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1732, a bill which would require the EPA to withdraw their proposed clean water rule and essentially start the process over from scratch. With the Republican majority in the House, the bill passed by a vote of 261-155. 24 Democrats voted the wrong way, but the […]

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Will Rostov Staff Attorney, Earthjustice May 7, 2015 San Francisco, CA Environmental groups challenge ‘emergency’ rules permitting unlawful contamination of protected aquifers This is DOGGR outrageously re-writing the law to allow needless and unlawful contamination of drinking water during a severe drought for the benefit of the oil industry. A lawsuit filed today by environmental […]

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DOUGLAS MAIN, April 27, 2015 FILED UNDER: Tech & Science, Water Fluoridation, Public Health For the first time in more than 50 years, the federal government has recommended lowering the level of fluoride in drinking water. Since 1962, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) suggested that public tap water contain between 0.7 and 1.2 […]

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To All, California’s drought is a crisis. According to NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti, California has only one year of water left in its reservoirs.1 Incredibly, the state has no plan that even begins to adequately address a crisis of this magnitude. “California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone […]

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By Thomas D. Elias, Los Angeles Daily News March 9, 2015 It’s beginning to look like the hosannas that greeted California’s first-ever groundwater regulation law were a tad premature when it passed late last summer. For after a tantalizing winter of heavy rains but insufficient snowfall to dent the state’s four-year drought, confusion over the groundwater […]

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 As widely anticipated, on March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution to impose state-wide mandatory water conservation measures, including restricting the number of days that irrigation of outdoor landscaping is permitted, prohibitions on irrigation runoff and irrigation of landscaping within 48 hours after measurable rainfall, prohibitions […]

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California Water Quality Monitoring Council ___________________________________________________________________________ Invitation to join the online meeting on the California Water Quality Monitoring Network California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network Participant: Join the California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network along with Lee Tremblay and Luke Warren from 4Marbles Inc. – Test the Water for “Test the Waters’ Digital Solutions for […]

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FYI, to all Activists, Dear member of California’s agricultural community, The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is distributing this notice to share information about a Statewide Mercury Program being developed.  The goal of the Statewide Mercury Program is to establish statewide water quality objectives and a control program to address elevated levels […]

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On February 4, 2015, the Division of Water Rights issued Drought Informational Order WR 2015-0002-DWR.  The Order requires that persons listed in Attachment A of the Order (these persons will receive mailed copies of the Order) provide specific information, using an online form.  To assist these persons in compiling the required information, a sample copy […]

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By David R. Baker January 31, 2015 Updated: February 1, 2015 12:11pm Leah Millis / The Chronicle Oil companies in drought-ravaged California have, for years, pumped wastewater from their operations into aquifers that had been clean enough for people to drink. They did it with explicit permission from state regulators, who were supposed to protect […]

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Water Community: Thanks for taking the initiative to write comments.   Comment Deadline is February 5, 2015 by 12 noon. See below. The main idea behind listing streams as impaired by low flows is, like you probably already know, that water bodies are currently listed under the Clean Water Act when they are seriously impaired for […]

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By Trent Orr, January 21, 2015 The delta smelt is a fish that grows to no more than three inches in length, but over the years this threatened species has made big headlines in California’s dusty, water-rights battleground. One congressional representative, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is even on record as calling the smelt a “stupid […]

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