Protections for Storm Water and Nonpoint Source Discharges

Attached is a Notice of Board Member Quorum for the California Ocean Plan, Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS) Special Protections to Address Storm Water and Nonpoint Source Discharges commencing on August 15, 2006, in Monterey, California. State Water Resources Control Board Executive Office Tam M. Doduc, Board Chair 1001 I Street • Sacramento, California … Continue reading “Protections for Storm Water and Nonpoint Source Discharges”

State Supreme Court Rules Counties Must Protect Coasts

by Steven Stein – THE GARDEN ISLAND City and county governments have a responsibility to protect coastal waters, the Hawai Supreme Court has ruled. In a 60-page unanimous decision issued Friday, the court delighted state environmental groups by requiring city and county governments to take an active role in coastal water regulation. “This is a … Continue reading “State Supreme Court Rules Counties Must Protect Coasts”

Proposed City Ordinance Requiring the Inspection and Repair of Sewer Lines

Pursuant to the October 2005 settlement agreement between the City and Northern California River Watch, Santa Rosa Utilities Department staff was required to recommend the adoption by the Council of an ordinance requiring the inspection of private laterals prior to the sale of property. The recommended ordinance would require the inspection and repair, if necessary, … Continue reading “Proposed City Ordinance Requiring the Inspection and Repair of Sewer Lines”

Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams

The Division of Water Rights is in the process of preparing a State Water Board Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams. The proposed policy may affect water diversions in coastal streams in portions of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt Counties. Water Code Sections 1259.2 and 1259.4 require the State Water … Continue reading “Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams”

State Court Backs Coho Protection Rules

John Driscoll The Times-Standard A Sacramento court has upheld decisions by the California Fish and Game Commission to list coho salmon in Northern California as protected under state law. Judge Gail Ohanesian in Sacramento Superior Court ruled late last week that the commission and the California Department of Fish and Game acted within the law … Continue reading “State Court Backs Coho Protection Rules”

Anderson’s Conflict of Interest on the Regional Water Board

Hi everyone: For many months I have been receiving information from Alan Levine about the serious conflict of interest issue with Regional Board appointees. The law clearly states that appointees should not receive more than 10% of their income from NPDES permit holders either directly or indirectly. About six appointees have lost their seats in … Continue reading “Anderson’s Conflict of Interest on the Regional Water Board”

Anderson’s Appointment to the Regional Water Board

This battle continues: In a message dated 6/23/2006 8:36:16 AM Pacific Standard Time, writes: Below and Attached is a letter regarding the appointment of Bob Anderson to the Regional Board and related issues of conflict of interest arising out of Mr. Anderson’s employment – with Cc:’s Read the letter and think about how Mr. … Continue reading “Anderson’s Appointment to the Regional Water Board”

Clarification on Rapanos’ Supreme Court Decision

If you’ve not yet heard the Supreme Court decided Rapanos and Carabell, the opinion written by Scalia is one of the worst environmental decisions ever. It eliminates protection for 80% of all wetlands, most class 2 and all ephemeral streams. It reverses all the gains made over the past 20 years in protecting waters of … Continue reading “Clarification on Rapanos’ Supreme Court Decision”

Water Capacity Charges for New Development

Dear Council and Staff: First, I wish to congratulate you on your decision to address water supply for our new General Plan buildout through the use of dramatically increased water conservation and efficiency, and through the extensive use of recycled treated wastewater for irrigation to replace existing potable water demands. We greatly appreciate these efforts. … Continue reading “Water Capacity Charges for New Development”

High court splits over protecting wetlands

The Clean Water Act might not prevent building on them. By Warren Richey Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON – The federal government does not have the power to reach far upstream to protect every ditch and wetland in a watershed. In a ruling restricting federal authority to protect the environment, the US … Continue reading “High court splits over protecting wetlands”