Readers: This is a situation where there is an attempt to continue polluting groundwater and therefore the beaches and ocean where fresh water ends up. You can help by boycotting traveling there and opting to go somewhere else where environmental laws are respected and followed. Or you can send a letter out of outrage using […]

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VERY IMPORTANT MEETING TO ADOPT PATHOGEN TMDL. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND EVEN IF YOU DON’T PLAN TO SPEAK. AUGUST 14, 2019 BEGINNING SOON AFTER 8:30 AM. 5550 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, near the Sonoma County Airport. This action will provide the basis for new septic management requirements. For instance: Septic inspections by a qualified expert […]

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November 6, 2018, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects emerge as flying adults, they can pass drugs to spiders, birds, bats, and other streamside foragers. These findings by an […]

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To All, TEDX’s one-page fact sheet, Understanding Endocrine Disruption, is a brief non-technical overview of endocrine disrupting chemicals, how we are exposed to them, and how they affect our health. It also includes tips and links to help you reduce exposure to endocrine disruptors. Who needs a fact sheet? Everyone from your congressional representative to your […]

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Lake  HIGHLIGHTS: The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has published its final draft proposed rule for a “State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State” (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule includes a definition of wetlands applicable to State Water Board […]

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Researchers found a wide array of contaminants in Puget Sound fish  By Pippa Wysong March 30, 2016 The fish in Washington State’s Puget Sound are on drugs. In juvenile chinook salmon and staghorn sculpin, researchers recently found traces of more than 40 different contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and industrial chemicals. The presence of […]

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Nicholas J. Niemuth, Rebecca D. Klaper Highlights Fish were exposed to metformin at concentrations relevant to wastewater effluent. Exposure from early life stages to adulthood caused intersex in male fish. Exposure caused a reduction in fecundity and in overall size of male fish. Results suggest that metformin is a potential endocrine disruptor in the environment. […]

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To River Watch readers: Our website has had several articles in the past on the impacts of endocrine disruptors in streams and other waters of the USA. Most of these chemicals come from pharmaceutical sources released through normal waste discharge without being filtered or treated. What has been revealed is that, unlike many other potentially […]

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To All, This is a message from Karen of Clean Water Network that should be of interest to River Watch members and supporters. Larry Exposed Soil = Pollution  The Key to Halting Damage to 36,000 Miles Of U.S. Waterways Annually Hello CWN members, I’m Richard Klein.  I’ve been helping folks throughout the U.S. win sediment […]

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February 24, 2016 by Richard Harth Every hour, a multitude of chemicals complete their use life in homes, agricultural fields and industries and flood into the environment. The ultimate fate of these compounds is often poorly understood, as are the risks they may pose to humans and the ecosystems that are essential for our survival […]

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Extensive results challenge a core assumption in toxicology by Pete Myers, Ph.D. and Wendy Hessler The “dose makes the poison” is a common adage in toxicology. It implies that larger doses have greater effects than smaller doses. That makes common sense and it is the core assumption underpinning all regulatory testing. When “the dose makes […]

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Speaker: Beverley Andersen-Abbs State Water Resources Control Board January 28th 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. CalEPA HQ Building, Training Room 2 East and West https://stateofcaswrcbweb.centurylinkccc.com/CenturylinkWeb/JarmaBennett If you have more question, please contact: ·         Dawit Tadesse at dawit.tadesse@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 341-5486 ·         Michelle Tang at Michelle.Tang@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 341-5504 Best, Greg

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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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To All, This is from the North Coast Regional Water Board. The public hearing scheduled for November 19, 2015, to consider adoption of the proposed Russian River Watershed Pathogen Indicator Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) has been postponed. Instead, at the public meeting to be held on November 19, 2015 at 5550 Skylane Blvd., […]

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By Darryl Fears, May 27 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect from pollution and degradation of the nation’s water resources in streams and wetlands. EPA strengthens federal protections for small streams The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule […]

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To All, Tell Congress to Protect our Nation’s Water Congress is yet again attempting to weaken our environmental laws by interfering with proposed new safeguards for water—one of our most important resources. Take action to protect our water now! The EPA has received more than 1 million public comments on its proposed Clean Water Rule, […]

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Come see and support this beautiful movie. Ok, I’m a bit biased, but this is indeed beautifully produced and filmed – and it is very important and timely. And, yes, there are a number of fabulous interviews with a wide range of water and river people. Thanks! David Keller

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By Deborah Blum September 25, 2014 Deborah Swackhamer, a professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota, decided last year to investigate the chemistry of the nearby Zumbro River. She and her colleagues were not surprised to find traces of pesticides in the water. Neither were they shocked to find prescription drugs ranging […]

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To All, Don McEnhill, Executive Director of Russian Riverkeeper is a featured interview in: THE RUSSIAN RIVER: ALL RIVERS – THE VALUE OF AN AMERICAN WATERSHED “The time of using greed to justify degrading our environment is over.” “We need to get very honest with the amount of water we have in the worst year. […]

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To All, North Bay Bioengineering Tour April 18th, join us for a tour of streambank bioengineering solutions. We’ll be talking willow, coir, seeds and slopes. The project is near the Sonoma Raceway amid a working cattle ranch. The Sonoma Land Trust and Prunske Chatham, Inc. worked together on this project that will protect Tolay Creek. […]

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To All, Here are actions that can help stall or turn back attempts to frack in California. Larry What is the significance of access to the Eel River Basin offshore Natural Gas Hydrates? Methane (Natural Gas) Hydrates in offshore subduction zone sediments hold the world’s largest reserves of Natural Gas. More than all combined known […]

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Dear All, You know what California has plenty of? Wineries. You know what it’s rapidly losing, and what it can never replace? Its ancient redwood forests, some of which have trees that are more than 2,000 years old.<http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AhZwZ/zoLT/AJaEt> A Spanish winemaker wants to chop down 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make […]

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University of Iowa-led research shows some drugs can partially regenerate themselves Assessing the risk posed to aquatic organisms by the discharge of certain steroids and pharmaceutical products into waterways is often based on a belief that as the compounds degrade, the ecological risks naturally decline. But there’s growing sentiment that once in the environment, some […]

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The 16th Annual Coho Confab will be held in the Mattole River Valley. Salmonid Restoration Federation and Trees Foundation are the permanent co-hosts of this educational event and are excited to be partnering this year with the Mattole River and Range Partnership that includes Sanctuary Forest, Mattole Restoration Council, and the Mattole Salmon Group. The […]

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Hello my name is Anthony Malone and I read that a formal protest was filled by this group against the fracking of thenmonterey shale formation. I would like to help stop the fracking of the Monterey shale formation and volunteer myself to help.  I love the Monterey peninsula and do not feel that this issue […]

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Dear Activists and Stewards of our land, Whatever your skills and interests are, there is some way to put them to use for the earth.  Thank you for caring about this planet and wanting to use your energy for saving the land you love. This is a very important time for the anti fracking movement […]

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Hi all! I just received this article, EPA Responds to Scientists’ Concerns about Low Dose Hormones,  stating that the EPA will begin to study low dose effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. It is just a first step, but an incredibly important one. This can represent a sea change in how toxicity is assessed and may […]

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To All, Hi, So we know the copious amounts of methane being released, the carcinogenic chemicals that are being used and the enormous amounts of water being destroyed (that we need for agriculture) and now farcking waste is being shown to be radioactive and some is going to treatment plants that can’t take the radioactivity […]

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