Questions for Water Fix Hearing, February 13th

To All,

During the Water Fix hearing on February 8, 2018, the hearing officers directed the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) (collectively petitioners) to respond to the Natural Resources Defense Council, et al.’s February 7, 2018 Renewed Motion for Stay of Part 2 of the hearing as well as the other comments and issues raised during the hearing that day. Petitioners have until 5:00 PM on Friday, February 9, 2018 to respond.

The hearing officers set a deadline of 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for all other parties to respond to petitioners’ forthcoming submittal.

As part of their response, petitioners should brief the following six questions. All other parties are invited to brief all or some of questions three through six in their replies.

Questions Directed to Petitioners:

1. Does the certified final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) address all potential impacts if the WaterFix Project is constructed and operated in stages? In the supplement to the EIR, what additional analyses will be performed and what specific environmental issues will be evaluated?

2. If DWR constructs and operates the WaterFix Project in stages, to what extent would Reclamation participate during the first stage? Would the WaterFix Project be operated differently if Reclamation does not participate?

Questions Directed to All Parties:

3. If the WaterFix Project is intended to be constructed and operated in stages, is an amendment to the change petition or any additional supporting information under Water Code sections 1701.1, 1701.2, and 1701.3 necessary? Why or why not?

4. If the WaterFix Project is constructed and operated in stages, are there potential impacts to legal users of water, fish and wildlife, the public interest, or consideration of appropriate Delta flow criteria that would warrant revisiting any Part 1 or Part 2 key hearing issues? Which issues?

5. If a supplement to the EIR is entered into the administrative record, what is the most efficient way to address any new information included in the supplement?

6. Would any conditions necessary to adequately protect the rights of legal users, fish and wildlife, or the public interest be different if the WaterFix Project were constructed in stages? Would appropriate Delta flow criteria be different? Why or why not?

Respectfully,

CA WaterFix Hearing Team
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https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/bay_delta/california_waterfix/water_right_petition.shtml

Phone: 916‐319‐0960

No Oil Rigs Off Our Coast! Action, Feb. 8th

Join the resistance – ride to the rally at the only California public meeting in the beautiful coastal city of Sacramento.

Spread the word – this is not a drill (yup, I did say that)

Take care, don’t give up.
Rue

No Oil Rigs Off Our Coast! Ride With the Resistance to Rally in Sacramento Feb 8th
Make a Fuss! Take the Bus!

Only the Trump Administration would choose inland Sacramento to be the location of their only public meeting in California on their disastrous plan to plant oil rigs off our coast. We are not deterred!

On February 8th, a bus sponsored by The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity will take riders from Santa Rosa to Sacramento for a rally on the Capitol steps and the meeting. We will leave from the Environmental Center at 10 am in the morning, stop for additional riders in Petaluma at 10:35 am and return around 6:10 to 6:40 pm. Roundtrip Fare is only $15 and $5 for students and children – no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

You can purchase your ticket on-line by going to https://www.universe.com/events/santa-rosa-bus-to-protest-against-offshore-drilling-at-boem-public-hearing-tickets-santa-rosa-KGMWY5

Ride with the Resistance! But act quickly, seats are limited.

For further information or to participate in other transportation options out of county, send an email to shoshana.hebshi@sierraclub.org
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Bills to Protect California Coast from Off Shore Oil Drilling

To All,

Senator McGuire, along with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Senator Ricardo Lara introduced SB 834 and Assemblymember Monique Limon introduced AB 1775   identical bills that will help discourage offshore drilling by making it harder for offshore oil to be processed.

See?  They do listen!
 http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

Rue

Talk on Geology and Water

To All,

Dr. Jane Nielson will be discussing geology and how it relates to water that will have relevance to the statewide groundwater planning.

Join us for repeat of Jane Nielson’s December 11 presentation to the Sebastopol City Council’s Water subcommittee about the problems posed by the City’s 2007 Water Supply Assessment (WSA). That report suggested that Sebastopol’s wells can receive groundwater from parts of the Miocene Wilson Grove Formation sandstone as far west as Bohemian Highway.

If Sebastopol’s water supply is not that extensive, the question to be resolved is whether Sebastopol mostly has been built over its main recharge area. Jane and SWIG have been trying to explain these points for 10 years. Come and see what Jane and others have found and finally were able to explain to City Council members and other City officials.

The talk will take place starting at 7 pm at the Environmental Center located at 55 Ridgway Avenue in Santa Rosa CA.

Larry

River Rally Hosted by River Network

To All,

April 29 – May 2, 2018 | Olympic Valley, California
River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of people from across the United States and the world who care about rivers and water issues. Join NGO staff and volunteers, academics, agency and foundation representatives, industry innovators, and community leaders for the biggest (and most fun) water-focused event of the year!

River Rally Program – Every year, we work hard to put together a program that delivers rich content, engaging speakers, and great field trips in an open and supportive atmosphere conducive to connecting with old colleagues and making new friends.

River Rally 2018 Workshops Themes – River Rally provides unique spaces in which river and water champions from across the country come together to learn from experts and one another, especially through concurrent workshops. This year’s workshop themes are:
· Reconnecting to Rivers Through Restoration and Recreation – In celebration of the 50thanniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, we invite workshops that highlight the many ways communities and individuals are connecting rivers through recreation and taking action to protect, restore, and conserve water for people and nature. Learn more about the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act 50th anniversary, and join us for a Wild and Scenic Rivers meeting on April 29th, right before River Rally kicks off. (Sign up to attend when you register for Rally.)
· Mobilizing For Change Through Policy, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement – Workshops under this theme will focus on protecting bedrock water laws, like the Clean Water Act, highlighting innovative state and local policies, and illuminating local community-led efforts to expand a national water protection movement in times of political turmoil.
· Making Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Real – Building on an evolving national conversation on diversity in the environmental movement, we invite workshops that show how to create inclusive and equitable solutions to water problems and approaches for diversifying organizations.
· Expanding Impact Through Science, Technology, and Monitoring – Workshops in this track will share innovations, best practices, and success stories about scientific and technical approaches, highlighting tools and resources river and water champions can use to expand their impact on the ground and in their organization.
· Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations and Coalitions – Workshops under this theme will offer information and skill-building opportunities on leadership and professional development, organizational and financial health, and topics in management, fundraising and communications to help nonprofit board and staff members be more effective in their river and watershed work.
Workshop Formats
· 90 minute sessions – will include time for presentation and interactive or group activities, as well as opportunities for audience Q&A.
· 25 minute sessions – fast-paced presentations on highly focused topics.
· Workshop + field trip – workshop with a coordinated hands-on activity or site visit.

Webinar on Water in the West by Water Deeply

To All,

As California and other Western states begin to measure the (so far slowly) accumulating snowpack, we’re turning our attention to some of the biggest water issues that will be facing the region in 2018.

What’s the fate of California WaterFix? Will California decide to allocate money to build its first big dam in decades? How will Western states cope with an increase in catastrophic wildfires and fund needed forest restoration? We’ll talk about these issues and more on January 11 at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET during a 30-minute conversation with experts. We will be joined by Jeffrey Mount, senior fellow with the Public Policy Institute of California, and Kimery Wiltshire, CEO and director of Carpe Diem West. Tara Lohan, Water Deeply’s managing editor, will moderate the discussion.

You can sign up for the call here, or by clicking the button below. We’d also love to know what issues are most important to you in 2018. If you’d like to give us your feedback or ask our editor or guests a question, email it to our community editor Ian Evans (ian@newsdeeply.com) or tweet us @WaterDeeply using #DEEPLYTALKS.

We hope you’ll join us.

Ian Evans
Community Editor, Environment
News Deeply
RSVP

Endocrine Disruption Fact Sheet

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 friends and family. Use it in your advocacy work or in the classroom, share it with your doctor or a loved one. By raising awareness of endocrine disruption you can help reduce exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and promote good health.

Download TEDX’s Endocrine Disruption Fact Sheet:

Understanding Endocrine Disruption (English)

Comprendiendo La Disrupcion Endocrina (Spanish)

Join Water Deeply in a Conversation on Water Risk

To All (from Water Deeply),

When you sit down to eat dinner, it might not be obvious how much water went into making your meal. But our kitchen tables are flooded with hidden water costs. According to the Los Angeles Times, a pound of beef requires more than 1,700 gallons of water to produce and it takes nearly 16 gallons for a single cup of beer.

Consumers might not give these numbers too much thought, but it’s an everyday part of business for food and beverage companies, especially as drought, climate change and pollution impact water resources. Many companies with operations in the American West are increasing their focus on water sustainability on multiple levels – from the farm to the boardroom – while other companies still lag behind.

Join us on Thursday, November 30, at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST for a 45-minute conversation about how food and beverage companies are learning to manage water risk. We will be joined by Kirsten James, the director of California policy and partnerships at Ceres, Lindsay Bass, the head of WWF’s Corporate Water Stewardship Initiative and Marco Ugarte, the sustainability manager at MillerCoors. The discussion will be moderated by Tara Lohan, the managing editor of Water Deeply.

If you’d like to ask our editor or guests a question, email it to our community editor Ian Evans (ian@newsdeeply.com) or tweet us @WaterDeeply using #DeeplyTalks.

We hope you’ll join us.

RSVP here

Ian Evans
Community Editor, Environment
News Deeply

EPA Tools and Resources: EnviroAtlas

To All,
What is EnviroAtlas?  EnviroAtlas is a web-based decision support tool that combines maps, analysis tools, downloadable data and informational resources that states, tribes, communities and individuals can use to help inform policy and planning decisions that impact the places where people live, learn, work and play.

EnviroAtlas contains two primary tools: An Interactive Map, which provides access to 300+ ecosystem-related maps developed by EPA researchers and an Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which displays evidence from hundreds of scientific publications on the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human health.

The EnviroAtlas Interactive Map provides data for multiple extents for the U.S. and was created to help inform decisions, research and education.

EnviroAtlas has been used in a range of research and planning projects, including community Health Impact Assessments, green infrastructure projects, restoration planning, brownfield redevelopment and others.

EnviroAtlas resources are also being used in K-12 to undergraduate classrooms: a provided EnviroAtlas educational curriculum helps guide educators on potential uses.

EnviroAtlas has been publicly available since May 2014 and was updated in June 2017 to include a new, more user-friendly version of the Interactive Map.

What is in Your Tap Water?

To All,

Here is Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) data on tap water in your area. Once you click on the link, you can put your zip code in and will be brought to a page where you can choose your particular water system.  If you have contaminants listed above health guidelines, these will be listed. There will also be a place where your can find the possible sources for the contaminants.

EWG Tap Water Database

Larry

I did click on the database, entered my zip code and Sonoma County came up. Glad I don’t live in Santa Rosa, that water looks so nasty I wonder about washing in it?

Janus