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”

Guide to CA Water Rights for Small Water Users

Issues with and confusion about water rights & wrongs in California is something that often comes up in much of the in stream restoration work we do, whether in montane meadows, salmonid streams or riparian rangelands, thus I thought some of you would find this new Guide to CA Water Rights for Small Water Users … Continue reading “Guide to CA Water Rights for Small Water Users”

Action: Trump wants to drill the Central Valley and coast

True to form and consistent with his administration’s desire to drain public lands of every last drop of their fossil fuel potential — despite scientific consensus of a climate crisis stemming from our dependence on them — President Trump’s Bureau of Land Management is trying to re-open 1 million acres of California’s public land and … Continue reading “Action: Trump wants to drill the Central Valley and coast”

OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Regulating Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking that seeks public input on a range of options regarding the regulation of perchlorate in public drinking water systems. The agency is seeking comment on a proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR) for perchlorate to establish a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) … Continue reading “OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT: Regulating Perchlorate in Drinking Water”