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
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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

Deciphering dueling analyses of clean water regulations

To All,

This is a short policy forum piece from Science worth reading to see the arguments fabricated by the Trump administration to overturn the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. This is the rule that addresses the reach of the Clean Water Act. How far does it extend into wetlands, if at all. The contorted, inconsistent and indefensible logic in the position of the new EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers is laid bare.

Bottom line: Hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits were discarded in a re-do of the regulatory impact analyses

Analysis: Deciphering dueling analyses of clean water regulations

We find no defensible or consistent basis for the decision to exclude what amounts to the largest category of benefits from the 2017 assessment. Science. 11 October 2017

Tom

Join a National Climate Change Action to Change History

Join other young people to help make this happen in California.

In November, when the UN meets to decide what happens next with the Paris climate agreement, the United States will likely be represented by Rex Tillerson, who spent his entire career profiting from climate change as the CEO of ExxonMobil. Yep, this is what it’s come to.

As long as the federal government is run by Big Oil executives, lawyers, and lobbyists, we need strong climate action from our states and cities. We’re giving governors and mayors until November 18 to commit to uphold the Paris agreement, and back up their words with real action. And on the 18th, we’ll gather at state capitols and city halls to turn up the pressure.

Sound good? You can make it happen by attending a 1-day training near you.

In October, young people from across California will come together to learn about Sunrise’s strategy, our plan to win, and the skills we need to build the movement in our schools and communities. And, you’ll all get a chance to make plans to take action this November.

Sign up today for a training near you this October and spread the word to any other young people you know.

We know how Trump, Tillerson, and their billionaire friends will be remembered by history.

But this fall, at this pivotal moment, we have a chance to determine how we are remembered. When future generations read about this time in their history books, will they read about how young people stood aside as fossil fuel billionaires lead us down the path to disaster? Or will they read about how young people stood up for the billions of lives threatened by climate change and built a better future for all of us?

These trainings are where we’ll start writing history this fall. Are you in?

Click here for more information or to sign up.

Sara Blazevic

Trainings Leader

Sierra Club’s Position on the Delta (Twin) Tunnels

Dear Larry,

Every so often, I’ll receive a call or email from a Sierra Club member asking what Sierra Club California’s position is on the proposed Delta tunnels.

The number of inquiries has increased lately because the tunnels have been in the news more than usual.

Let me say at the top: Sierra Club California opposes construction of the two, four-story-high, 35-mile-long underground tunnels to move water from rivers north of the San Francisco Bay Delta to farms and communities south of the Delta.

Largest estuary on the west coast of the continentThe tunnels will divert fresh water away from the 1,100-square-mile Delta, which is an essential ecosystem for hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife.

You can find details about our position on our website, including a white paper produced by our water committee that outlines alternative ways to ensure Californians have clean water and a sound environment without the tunnels.

The latest developments haven’t changed our position. If anything, they have reinforced our view that the expensive (at least $17 billion) twin tunnels represent an outdated approach to solving California’s water challenges, especially in an era of climate change.

The proposal will tie the state’s water system — and ratepayer dollars — to a project that will cause significant environmental harm without delivering significant new water or solving water availability problems around the state. It won’t make our system nimble enough to adapt to the rapidly changing precipitation patterns that climate change delivers.

Following the effort to build a bloated piece of engineering to divert Delta-bound water is about as easy as keeping the characters straight in a classic Russian novel. But if you want to dive into what’s happening now, there are three key things to know.

First, in June, two federal agencies released long-awaited biological opinions about the impacts of the project construction on wildlife and approved permits for the tunnels’ construction. The agencies essentially ignored the best available science that shows that species would likely go extinct. Some of our allies immediately filed lawsuits challenging the agencies’ permit approval.

Second, in July, the California Department of Water Resources — one agency that is responsible for building the tunnels — announced that the environmental impact report required by state law was finished. That represents a significant step designed to clear the way for tunnels construction.

But the reviews didn’t adequately consider a range of issues, including alternatives to the tunnels. Watch for news of lawsuits about that.

Third, in September, the boards of key water wholesalers who have been promoting the tunnels will vote on whether to pony up at least $15 billion to pay for the project. One of those is the Westlands Water District, which represents many large farming corporations in the western San Joaquin Valley. Another is the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), which serves urban and suburban water retailers in Southern California.

The MWD vote is slated for September 26. The district staff has recommended the 38 board members — representing 26 different retail water agencies — commit to raising water rates to finance a project whose details of operation and real costs are still shrouded in mystery.

That’s kind of like asking someone already struggling with debt to take out a giant 5-year-balloon-payment loan on a 7,000-square-foot fixer-upper, sight unseen, a month before the housing market crashes. It’s not likely to have a happy ending and the ratepayers — people like you — and the environment will suffer while the agency heads walk away unscathed.

The list of recent and upcoming events doesn’t end there. But this is enough to give you a flavor of the current complexity of the public elements of the distraction known as the tunnels.

The effort to stop the tunnels and force water agencies to update their approach has been multi-layered and spread around the state. Local chapter volunteers have been heroes as they make sure the environment has a voice at local water agencies contemplating positions on the tunnels.

If you want to help fight the tunnels and become a local hero, let us know by filling out our volunteer form online. Be sure to note on the form that you’re interested in fighting the tunnels.

Sincerely,
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Kathryn Phillips
Director