CRWFS Releases New Report on Water: From Storage to Retention

November 2012 On November 13, 2012, the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply released its latest report, From Storage to Retention: Expanding California’s Options for Meeting Its Water Needs. The report builds on earlier work focused on agricultural water stewardship, and argues for an expansion of approaches to storing water that increase supply reliability … Continue reading “CRWFS Releases New Report on Water: From Storage to Retention”

Update on the National Water Census by USGS

April 4, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a report to Congress on the progress of the National Water Census, which is being developed at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help the nation address its critical water needs. “This update to the National Water Census—the first since 1978—will … Continue reading “Update on the National Water Census by USGS”

Streamflow Depletion by Wells

Streamflow Depletion by Wells—Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow By Paul M. Barlow and Stanley A. Leake Introduction Groundwater is an important source of water for many human needs, including public supply, agriculture, and industry. With the development of any natural resource, however, adverse consequences may be associated with its use. … Continue reading “Streamflow Depletion by Wells”

History – Notice of Appeals Court decison

Hello Anti-Degradation Coalition – Quite some time ago, the Environmental Law Foundation drafted a Petition to the State Water Board on behalf of this Coalition. We asked the Board to adopt formal procedures to implement the state and federal Anti-Degradation Policy. (I attached the Petition, dated July 2007) While the State Water Board has done … Continue reading “History – Notice of Appeals Court decison”

Notes on Appellate Court Anti-Degradation Ruling

November 6, 2012 OPINION IN AGUA et al v. Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board Most of you are aware that Coast Action Group, CAG, over the years has invested significant energy pursuing federal and State water law as a means of protecting water and forest based resources. As part of this effort CAG … Continue reading “Notes on Appellate Court Anti-Degradation Ruling”

Fracking California

California’s best kept secret since leaky pipes at San Onofre, earthquake faults under Diablo Canyon, the $54 million hidden slush funds at State Parks, or the Governator’s maid, is that the state is already host to at least 628 “fracked” oil wells. While the rest of the nation is in an uproar to immediately ban … Continue reading “Fracking California”

Fracking for Foreigners?

New Report From Feds Backs More Natural Gas ExportsSaturday, 08 December 2012 09:21 By Mary Bottari, PRWatch | Report How times have changed. Ten years ago the United States was looking at importing natural gas via massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, yet to be built. Now the country appears to be getting ready to … Continue reading “Fracking for Foreigners?”

EPA responds to scientists’ concerns, initiates new effort for low-dose, hormone-like chemicals

Brian Bienkowski, Staff Writer Environmental Health News, Dec. 13, 2012 Spurred by mounting scientific evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a new effort to examine whether low doses of hormone-mimicking chemicals are harming human health and whether chemical testing should be overhauled. (Handling receipts is one way people are exposed to the endocrine … Continue reading “EPA responds to scientists’ concerns, initiates new effort for low-dose, hormone-like chemicals”

European Parliamentary Committee tells Commission, “The sooner the better,” on Endocrines

Brussels, 23 January 2013 — The European Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Health and Food Safety has voted a draft Resolution today sending a clear message to the Commission that prompt action is needed to protect public health from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The draft resolution says that measures to reduce public exposure to EDCs are a … Continue reading “European Parliamentary Committee tells Commission, “The sooner the better,” on Endocrines”

What Impact Could Fracking Have on California Vineyards?

The energy industry’s growing interest in a controversial extraction technique has growers worried about water problems and other environmental concerns. Matt Kettmann, January 7, 2013 In several appellations on California’s Central Coast, winemakers tout the benefits of growing vines on soils rich with decomposing shale, which allows for good drainage and deep root penetration. Now … Continue reading “What Impact Could Fracking Have on California Vineyards?”