Request for Temperatures of the Russian River

SONOMA COUNTY (KPIX 5) — The Russian River Watershed Association is asking the public to help take the temperature of water in the Russian River and its tributaries.

The watershed spanning more than 1,400 miles is a popular tourist destination as well as the habitat for dozens of species.

The river has gotten warmer and warmer over the years. This public-supported experiment aims to help map the rising temperatures.
“We are first trying to get people engaged in the community and out in the watershed, and also provide awareness to the general public that temperature is a big concern for the watershed,” said Colleen Hunt, a senior scientist for the Russian River Watershed Association.

One of the biggest concerns is temperature pollution, which can destroy critical habitats for endangered fish species and increase risk for the growth of toxic blue-green algae.

The data isn’t a scientific study, according to Hunt, but it will be the first data set of its kind that is likely to open eyes.

“I think people will be concerned with what they find,” said Hunt.

The Watershed Association said the public doesn’t have to do anything fancy or specific; water thermometers from a local pool store will work just fine. These devices are meant to go in the water and can be found for less than $10.

Once the thermometer is dropped in, it should be left in for about three minutes before an accurate reading is ready.

The Watershed Association asks that the public send their data via email or online submission and they will make a temperature map with the readings. They hope that the data will be the basis for public support and change regarding the watershed.

“The public can do small, incremental things that will make a difference over time, especially caring for the creek and the vegetation of the creek” said Hunt.

All of the other tributaries that flow into the Russian River, such as the Laguna De Santa Rosa, are being affected as well.

There is a whole map of the other tributaries on the Russian River Watershed Association’s website, as well as other ways for the public to get involved and instructions for how to submit temperature data.

To help, go to the temperature monitoring RRWA web page and there will be a form and instructions. 

Thank you.

New from Maven: Groundwater Exchange

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new platform, the Groundwater Exchange, the latest website in my growing library of online resources for the water sector in the west. I hope those of you working to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act will find this a useful resource.

It has been my great pleasure to partner with Environmental Defense Fund and Stanford’s Program on Water in the West on this project and I have included our joint press release below.

Please check out the Groundwater Exchange at www.groundwaterexchange.org and feel free to send me your comments and suggestions. With your help, the Groundwater Exchange will evolve to be a valuable tool in SGMA implementation.

I also invite you to attend our webinar featuring a live demo of the Groundwater Exchange from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11. To register, visit https://groundwaterexchangewebinar.eventbrite.com.

Thank you for being a reader of Maven’s Notebook!

Best regards,

Maven

Public Comment on “Water Fix”

To All,

Here is an opportunity to comment on the environmental report called the “Water Fix”.  However, it may not “fix” the water now or in time of drought but be instead a give-away to large water purveyors beside impacting fisheries along with other environmental  harms. Read the document using the link below to learn more.

Larry

Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS

http://www.californiawaterfix.com.

September 21, 2018
Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Released for Public Review and Comment Under the National Environmental Policy Act.

http://www.californiawaterfix.com.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is issuing the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for public review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This document evaluates proposed changes to conveyance facilities previously evaluated in the December 2016 Bay Delta Conservation Plan/California WaterFix Final EIR/EIS. On July 17, 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) published the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS evaluating the proposed changes to the conveyance facilities in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Reclamation’s issuance of the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS today is the same exact document as was issued by DWR with the addition of a transmittal document that relates the proposed changes to the alternatives previously analyzed in the 2016 Final EIR/EIS.

Public review of the California WaterFix Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS for compliance with NEPA begins on September 21, 2018, when the U.S Environmental Protection Agency posts the notice of availability in the Federal Register. The public comment period closes on November 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS and transmittal document are available electronically at http://www.californiawaterfix.com. If you wish to review a hard copy of the document, please contact Brooke White at (916) 414-2402. A hard copy will be available for review at Bay-Delta Office, Mid-Pacific Region, Bureau of Reclamation, 801 I Street, Suite 140, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Comments on the document should be mailed to WaterFix Comments 2018, P.O. Box 1919 Sacramento, CA 95812 or emailed to WaterFixComments@icf.com with the subject line “Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS Comments.” All substantive comments received on the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS prior to close of the NEPA comment period will be responded to in the Final Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Comments must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on November 5, 2018. Comments should be limited to the scope of analysis in the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS. Because the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS is a stand-alone document, commenters should not rely on previous submittals to DWR, Reclamation, or other agencies – new comments on the analysis contained within this document must be submitted. Comments submitted on other WaterFix environmental documents and comments on subjects outside of the scope of the Draft Supplemental EIR/EIS do not require a written response in the Final Supplemental EIR/EIS.

Please note that names, mailing addresses and email addresses provided to the lead agencies from commenters during this formal public comment period will become part of the public record.

Action to tell the EPA to ban Atrazine

To  All,

Below is an appeal by the Environmental Working Group to get the EPA to ban Atrazine.

Millions of Americans are at risk of drinking a toxic chemical that can turn male frogs into female frogs with viable eggs!

Atrazine, produced by chemical industry giant Syngenta, is one of the most widely used pesticides in the United States. More than 70 million pounds of atrazine are dumped on American farmland each year. It’s been linked to serious health risks like cancer, shorter pregnancy and hormone disruption.

Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is getting ready to give Syngenta the greenlight to continue spraying this hazardous chemical. But the EPA’s analysis is critically flawed and ignored more than 10 studies linking atrazine with harm to human health.

We need to overwhelm the EPA with comments before the November 23 deadline to compel the agency to BAN atrazine.

Tell the EPA to stand up for public health and BAN atrazine. Syngenta’s pesticide is dangerous for our health and our environment.

Under this administration, the EPA has consistently put chemical industry profits ahead of public health. We can’t let it happen again. In less than two years, the EPA has:

Cancelled a scheduled ban of chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that can cause brain damage in kids. The ban was cancelled just weeks after the EPA met with Dow Chemical.
Unsealed court documents revealing Monsanto’s attempts to collude with the EPA to cover up the cancer risks of glyphosate.
Dismissed the human health risks of toxic chemicals found in drinking water, such as dry cleaning ingredient TCE, a carcinogen found in the tap water supplies of 14 million Americans.
We need to stand up to the chemical industry and make sure the EPA looks out for our health, not chemical industry profits.

Will you join us and call on the EPA to ban atrazine?

TAKE ACTION by clicking on this link: http://secure.ewg.org/salsa/track.jsp?v=2&c=XVoqp%2FczQbGmPbI2fiH5g4K4e2dgPG5%2F

Thanks for standing with us,

Olga Naidenko
Senior Science Advisor, EWG

Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice–SF, Sat. Sep.8

 

To All,

On September 8, from 11 to 4 pm, thousands will march in San Francisco for the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen. Together we will Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice as part of a global day of action to demand our elected leaders commit to no new fossil fuels and a just and fair transition to 100% renewable energy.

Join us as we hold our local leaders to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action.

Where:  Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco

Sign up or just show up.

For more information: https://ca.riseforclimate.org/?source=tagged&referrer=group-350-bay-area

Larry

 

More Protection for Rivers Sought-Senate Bill 2975

To All,

The Senate passed AB 2975 by Assembly member Laura Friedman.

This bill provides a mechanism for the state to include river segments in its wild and scenic river system, should the Trump administration remove them from the federal system.

If you can nudge the Governor so sign this, please do it.

Thanks to Sierra Club staff (and others) for shepherding this through.

Rue

 

Representative Laura Friedman is also fighting against the Mohave grab. (“For her part, Assembly member Friedman contends that, “California must protect its land and water in the face of dangerous threats such as the Cadiz water mining project, which would drain 16 billion gallons of water each year from the Mojave Desert. There is no time to waste in saving this picture-postcard landscape.”)

https://www.calwild.org/hurdles-cleared-on-ab2975/

She’s a real water warrior…..

Janus

Petition to Sign: Declare Climate Change Major Disaster

Declare Climate Change a Major Disaster before it’s too late

Despite Climate Change having been identified by scientists, leaders, analysts and people from all over the world as “the greatest threat to humanity and life on Earth”, actions taken to address it have been few in number and haphazard in design because Climate Change has not been identified as, and officially declared, a MAJOR DISASTER.

It is very urgent that Governor Jerry Brown, using his legal powers as Governor of California,  issues a CLIMATE CHANGE MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION and requests Federal funding, in order to unleash all the organizational, structural, scientific and financial State and Federal resources to stop Climate Change and protect Californians’ life and property and our invaluable environment.

The incontrovertible evidence is that Climate Change is incrementally increasing the number and magnitude of catastrophic events like exceptional droughts, heat waves, floods, blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, sea level rise, coastal cities inundation, ocean acidification, extinction of plant and animal species, epidemics, disruption of food production and other deleterious events that, combined or individually, have disastrous consequences on our economies and our wellbeing and survival.

California has its share of Climate-related catastrophic events, both forecast and current, particularly showing in the 500-year drought that, in 2015 alone, caused a near $3 billion loss for California agriculture, left several communities without water, 542,000 acres lay fallow, 6335 wildfires burned 307,598 acres (including much of the town of Middletown) and destroyed thousands of structures. Also, the pumping of very large amounts of groundwater used to compensate for the lack of surface water is causing the separation of the lithosphere from the ground above, which will lead to earthquakes.

In February 2017, the confluence of Atmospheric Rivers, fueled by Climate Change and of infrastructure insufficiently built and maintained to withstand the forces of the new Climate created havoc in California, like in the region of the Oroville Dam where the severe damage to its two spillways caused by the racing waters, put 200,000 lives, thousands of structures and thousands of acres at very serious risk.

Climate Change is still being discussed as a tremendous potential threat to our children and grandchildren but, the reality is that Climate Change is already here and that it will get worse if we continue dumping more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Indicators of Climate Change are already in the danger zone. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere, which for 1.3 million years had not been higher than 275 ppm (parts per million) until the onset of the Industrial Revolution, are now above 410 ppm. The global average air temperature is since 2015, 1º Celsius higher than in pre-industrial times, a level that climate scientists consider the gateway to the acceleration of the disruptions of the Climate (1.5 º Celsius for the first half of 2016 and 1.2º Celsius for the whole 2016).  It is now confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year on record.

Without a Disaster Declaration, this greatest-of-threats remains undefined and acknowledged, taking away the focus necessary to effectively deal with it. We say that we are “fighting Climate Change” without having ever declared war.

The extent and nature of the problem requires immediate, massive action to retrofit our economy to stop emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and move fast towards a “carbon negative” economy, as well as to make the necessary changes to minimize the damage from Climate Change-related events that are going to unfold from Climate disruptions that have already taken place.

To mitigate our Climate Change Disaster, action must be immediate, must be massive and requires a level of mobilization of all our resources similar to what this country experienced during the New Deal and World War II. Individual actions, while useful and necessary, are insufficient. Indirect measures, like taxes on carbon emissions, are beneficial but too slow.

Putting off the retrofitting of our economy to address Climate Change is a very dangerous mistake. Factors such as the long residence time of already emitted greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the activation of slow feedbacks (like the melting of the permafrost) will soon make future mitigating actions inconsequential.

There is a lot to lose from inaction and a lot to gain from speedy action. Without speedy action, more catastrophes will unfold with a high price in the loss of lives and property and high risks to the economy. With speedy action, life and property will be better protected, California’s economy will experience a boom, California will have access to federal disaster funds that do not require the approval of Congress and California will lead other States and Countries in the highly needed and greatest peaceful cooperation effort ever.

Governor Brown, please accept leadership of this massive transformation of California to a CLIMATE CHANGE-READY STATE. This life-affirming effort will give us the greatest chance of thriving through change instead of merely surviving change.

We are living in extraordinary times, that require extraordinary actions and your extraordinary leadership.

References:

James Hansen, et al. “Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required
Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People,
Future Generations and Nature”. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081648. December 3, 2013
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0081648

Alex Park and Julia Lurie. “California’s Drought Could Be the Worst in 500 Years. And why it’s too late for the rain.” Mother Jones. February 10, 2014.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/california-drought-matters-more-just-california

Richard Howitt, et al. “Economic Analysis of the 2015 Drought For California Agriculture. UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences”. August 17, 2015.
https://watershed.ucdavis.edu/files/biblio/Final_Drought%20Report_08182015_Full_Report_WithAppendices.pdf

“Our Earth in 2050. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels double”. greenphysicist2.blogspot.com
http://greenphysicist2.blogspot.com/2010/02/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-levels.html

Marcin Popkiewicz. “If growth of CO2 concentration causes only logarithmic temperature increase – why worry?. SkepticalScience.com. April 15, 2014.
http://skepticalscience.com/C02-emissions-vs-Temperature-growth.html

Larry Elliot. “Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts”. The Guardian. January 14, 2016.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/14/climate-change-disaster-is-biggest-threat-to-global-economy-in-2016-say-experts

Climate Protection Campaign. “Sonoma County Community Climate Action Plan”. October 2008.
http://coolplan.org/ccap-report/CCAP_Final_11-05-08.pdf

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. carbonify.com
http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-dioxide-levels.htm

Emily J. Gertz. “2015 Was the World’s Warmest Year—and 2016 Might Be Even Hotter”. January 20, 2016. takepart.com
https://www.yahoo.com/news/2015-world-warmest-2016-might-even-hotter-201357621.html?ref=gs

Fire Statistics. “Incident Information”. CalFire. CA.GOV. January1 – December 31, 2015.
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_stats?year=2015

Ethan Huff. “How California’s extreme drought will lead to a wave of earthquakes”. NaturalNews.com. August 18, 2014.
http://www.naturalnews.com/046503_drought_earthquakes_California.html

Pau Ratner. 2016 Is Going to Be the Hottest Year Ever (According to NASA, NOAA, & Pretty Much Everyone). Big Think. July 24, 2016.
http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/2016-is-going-to-be-the-hottest-year-ever

 

Action to Protect Land and Water Conservation Fund

What has been described as “America’s most-important conservation program” is set to expire Sept. 30.

Established in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided—at no cost to U.S. taxpayers—millions of dollars for conservation, land acquisition, park access, infrastructure improvements, and much more.

But in December 2015 Congress struck a deal to reauthorize the LWCF for just three more years—a deadline that runs out this fall.

Fund expenditures have improved the quality of life for Americans in all 50 states in over 40,000 projects at every level. The program is primarily funded from royalties on offshore oil and gas drilling projects.

National parks and forests, wildlife refuges, trails and local parks and the communities near them all stand to gain from a healthy and permanent LWCF. The overwhelmingly popular and effective fund must not only be renewed but also permanently authorized.

For more than five decades the LWCF has helped create a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities, from beloved neighborhood parks to wild backcountry areas and the trails that connect them, all adding immeasurable richness and wealth to the United States.

Contact your member of Congress today and urge him/her for fight for a permanently authorized Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Declare Climate Change a Major Disaster before it’s too late!

Despite Climate Change having been identified by scientists, leaders, analysts and people from all over the world as “the greatest threat to humanity and life on Earth”, actions taken to address it have been few in number and haphazard in design because Climate Change has not been identified as, and officially declared, a MAJOR DISASTER.

It is very urgent that Governor Jerry Brown, using his legal powers as Governor of California,  issues a CLIMATE CHANGE MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION and requests Federal funding, in order to unleash all the organizational, structural, scientific and financial State and Federal resources to stop Climate Change and protect Californians’ life and property and our invaluable environment.

The incontrovertible evidence is that Climate Change is incrementally increasing the number and magnitude of catastrophic events like exceptional droughts, heat waves, floods, blizzards, tornados, hurricanes, sea level rise, coastal cities inundation, ocean acidification, extinction of plant and animal species, epidemics, disruption of food production and other deleterious events that, combined or individually, have disastrous consequences on our economies and our wellbeing and survival.

California has its share of Climate-related catastrophic events, both forecast and current, particularly showing in the 500-year drought that, in 2015 alone, caused a near $3 billion loss for California agriculture, left several communities without water, 542,000 acres lay fallow, 6335 wildfires burned 307,598 acres (including much of the town of Middletown) and destroyed thousands of structures. Also, the pumping of very large amounts of groundwater used to compensate for the lack of surface water is causing the separation of the lithosphere from the ground above, which will lead to earthquakes.

In February 2017, the confluence of Atmospheric Rivers, fueled by Climate Change and of infrastructure insufficiently built and maintained to withstand the forces of the new Climate created havoc in California, like in the region of the Oroville Dam where the severe damage to its two spillways caused by the racing waters, put 200,000 lives, thousands of structures and thousands of acres at very serious risk.

Climate Change is still being discussed as a tremendous potential threat to our children and grandchildren but, the reality is that Climate Change is already here and that it will get worse if we continue dumping more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Indicators of Climate Change are already in the danger zone. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere, which for 1.3 million years had not been higher than 275 ppm (parts per million) until the onset of the Industrial Revolution, are now above 410 ppm. The global average air temperature is since 2015, 1º Celsius higher than in pre-industrial times, a level that climate scientists consider the gateway to the acceleration of the disruptions of the Climate (1.5 º Celsius for the first half of 2016 and 1.2º Celsius for the whole 2016).  It is now confirmed that 2016 was the hottest year on record.

Without a Disaster Declaration, this greatest-of-threats remains undefined and acknowledged, taking away the focus necessary to effectively deal with it. We say that we are “fighting Climate Change” without having ever declared war.

The extent and nature of the problem requires immediate, massive action to retrofit our economy to stop emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and move fast towards a “carbon negative” economy, as well as to make the necessary changes to minimize the damage from Climate Change-related events that are going to unfold from Climate disruptions that have already taken place.

To mitigate our Climate Change Disaster, action must be immediate, must be massive and requires a level of mobilization of all our resources similar to what this country experienced during the New Deal and World War II. Individual actions, while useful and necessary, are insufficient. Indirect measures, like taxes on carbon emissions, are beneficial but too slow.

Putting off the retrofitting of our economy to address Climate Change is a very dangerous mistake. Factors such as the long residence time of already emitted greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the activation of slow feedbacks (like the melting of the permafrost) will soon make future mitigating actions inconsequential.

There is a lot to lose from inaction and a lot to gain from speedy action. Without speedy action, more catastrophes will unfold with a high price in the loss of lives and property and high risks to the economy. With speedy action, life and property will be better protected, California’s economy will experience a boom, California will have access to federal disaster funds that do not require the approval of Congress and California will lead other States and Countries in the highly needed and greatest peaceful cooperation effort ever.

Governor Brown, please accept leadership of this massive transformation of California to a CLIMATE CHANGE-READY STATE. This life-affirming effort will give us the greatest chance of thriving through change instead of merely surviving change.

We are living in extraordinary times, that require extraordinary actions and your extraordinary leadership.

References:

James Hansen, et al. “Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required
Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People,
Future Generations and Nature”. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081648. December 3, 2013
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0081648

Alex Park and Julia Lurie. “California’s Drought Could Be the Worst in 500 Years. And why it’s too late for the rain.” Mother Jones. February 10, 2014.
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/california-drought-matters-more-just-california

Richard Howitt, et al. “Economic Analysis of the 2015 Drought For California Agriculture. UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences”. August 17, 2015.
https://watershed.ucdavis.edu/files/biblio/Final_Drought%20Report_08182015_Full_Report_WithAppendices.pdf

“Our Earth in 2050. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels double”. greenphysicist2.blogspot.com
http://greenphysicist2.blogspot.com/2010/02/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-levels.html

Marcin Popkiewicz. “If growth of CO2 concentration causes only logarithmic temperature increase – why worry?. SkepticalScience.com. April 15, 2014.
http://skepticalscience.com/C02-emissions-vs-Temperature-growth.html

Larry Elliot. “Climate change disaster is biggest threat to global economy in 2016, say experts”. The Guardian. January 14, 2016.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/14/climate-change-disaster-is-biggest-threat-to-global-economy-in-2016-say-experts

Climate Protection Campaign. “Sonoma County Community Climate Action Plan”. October 2008.
http://coolplan.org/ccap-report/CCAP_Final_11-05-08.pdf

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. carbonify.com
http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-dioxide-levels.htm

Emily J. Gertz. “2015 Was the World’s Warmest Year—and 2016 Might Be Even Hotter”. January 20, 2016. takepart.com
https://www.yahoo.com/news/2015-world-warmest-2016-might-even-hotter-201357621.html?ref=gs

Fire Statistics. “Incident Information”. CalFire. CA.GOV. January1 – December 31, 2015.
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_stats?year=2015

Ethan Huff. “How California’s extreme drought will lead to a wave of earthquakes”. NaturalNews.com. August 18, 2014.
http://www.naturalnews.com/046503_drought_earthquakes_California.html

Pau Ratner. 2016 Is Going to Be the Hottest Year Ever (According to NASA, NOAA, & Pretty Much Everyone). Big Think. July 24, 2016.
http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/2016-is-going-to-be-the-hottest-year-ever

What has been described as “America’s most-important conservation program” is set to expire Sept. 30.

Established in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has provided—at no cost to U.S. taxpayers—millions of dollars for conservation, land acquisition, park access, infrastructure improvements, and much more.

But in December 2015 Congress struck a deal to reauthorize the LWCF for just three more years—a deadline that runs out this fall.

Fund expenditures have improved the quality of life for Americans in all 50 states in over 40,000 projects at every level. The program is primarily funded from royalties on offshore oil and gas drilling projects.

National parks and forests, wildlife refuges, trails and local parks and the communities near them all stand to gain from a healthy and permanent LWCF. The overwhelmingly popular and effective fund must not only be renewed but also permanently authorized.

For more than five decades the LWCF has helped create a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities, from beloved neighborhood parks to wild backcountry areas and the trails that connect them, all adding immeasurable richness and wealth to the United States.

Contact your member of Congress today and urge him/her for fight for a permanently authorized Land and Water Conservation Fund.

For the forests,

Paul Hughes