Protecting Species under Groundwater Management

Dear Groundwater Colleagues, The Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the release of the Critical Species LookBook (the LookBook) which may be found on the Groundwater Resource Hub. The LookBook is a compendium of 84 state and federally listed species likely to be affected by groundwater management and merit consideration by Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) … Continue reading “Protecting Species under Groundwater Management”

Support Climate Emergency Action in Sonoma County!

To All, I just signed the petition “City Council members and County Supervisors: Support Climate Emergency Action in Sonoma County!” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name. Our goal is to reach 500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here: http://chng.it/zwjWrxsnL7 Thanks! … Continue reading “Support Climate Emergency Action in Sonoma County!”

Public Comment and Board Workshop on Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

There is an opportunity for Public Comment and Board Workshop on the Draft Administrator Policy Handbook for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water. This on Russian River Watershed Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) & Prohibition against the Discharge of Fecal Waste Materials The Board Workshop is scheduled for August 21, 2019 Comment Deadline is September … Continue reading “Public Comment and Board Workshop on Safe and Affordable Drinking Water”

Russian River Watershed Pathogen Prohibition of Discharge of Fecal Waste Materials

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 … Continue reading “Russian River Watershed Pathogen Prohibition of Discharge of Fecal Waste Materials”

Newly Appointed Coastal Commissioner

Very good news. Kevin de Leon did make some very good appointments. Jane From Annie Notthof on the NRDC Web Site: “Congratulations to my friend and colleague Linda Escalante, NRDC’s Southern California Legislative Director, for being appointed to the California Coastal Commission by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Linda has been standing up for clean water, … Continue reading “Newly Appointed Coastal Commissioner”

About TMDLs

Russian River Interested Parties Included (below) are some ideas and thoughts regarding the regulatory structure and review standards for this project., The Russian River TMDL and Implementation Plan is a CEQA based process. The Regional and State Board process is a Certified Regulatory Program (no full EIR is necessary – though compliance with CEQA standards … Continue reading “About TMDLs”

Sharon’s Guide to Understanding Scientific Papers: I. Querying the Abstract

In the spirit of teaching a person to fish, I’ll explain my own process for reviewing scientific papers. Because I’ve been in the forest biology/forest ecology biz for almost 50 years, it may be easier for me. But I’m hoping that curious TSW readers will be able to adapt these steps for your own use, … Continue reading “Sharon’s Guide to Understanding Scientific Papers: I. Querying the Abstract”

Action for Clean Water: Tell Your Senator to support AB 756

To All, According to a federal study, California has the most known detections of toxic PFAS chemicals in the nation. But that study only looked for very high levels of a mere six chemicals in a family of 5000. Protecting the public from toxic PFAS chemicals will require having a true understanding of PFAS in … Continue reading “Action for Clean Water: Tell Your Senator to support AB 756”