Comment on Is Water Wasting to the Sea?

Just as I sent out the announcement for the book CALIFORNIA WATER, the Governor, in his state of the State address, said we need to do something about water wasting to the sea. As the State has just noticed its Draft Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams it appears others want … Continue reading “Comment on Is Water Wasting to the Sea?”

Take Action for Northcoast Rivers and Salmon

Dear supporters of our North Coast Rivers and Salmon: A US Senate vote will happen very soon on S.1472, the North Bay Water Reuse Program Act (Feinstein, Boxer). This project would send some 22-30,000 acre feet of recycled water, originally taken from the Eel and Russian Rivers and Santa Rosa Plain groundwater by SCWA and … Continue reading “Take Action for Northcoast Rivers and Salmon”

New Report on Laguna de Santa Rosa

fyi and Happy Holidays! Veronica The Laguna Foundation, working with Philip Williams & Associates and TetraTech, Inc. have published a new report on water pollution in the Laguna watershed. The City of Santa Rosa, which is situated wholly within the watershed, will want to understand the role of this document as a starting point for … Continue reading “New Report on Laguna de Santa Rosa”

Vineyards’ Drip Irrigation: When Conservation isn’t Conservation

by Mark Scaramella In the 1990s at the beginning of the northcoast’s Second Big Grape Boom the local Wine Industry told us that they were conserving water by using drip irrigation instead of overhead spraying like conventional fruit growers still do. Everything else being the same, drip irrigation certainly uses less water than overhead spraying. … Continue reading “Vineyards’ Drip Irrigation: When Conservation isn’t Conservation”

Turning water into wine; To water grapevines or not — the roots of the wine industry’s next great controversy

AGRICULTURE, Guest Column: San Francisco Chronicle – 6/1/07 By Alice Feiring, wine journalist and blogger For years, I took the New World’s thirst for vineyard irrigation for granted. I believed what I was told: Napa Valley was a desert and needed its 100 to 200 gallons of water per vine per season. I never realized … Continue reading “Turning water into wine; To water grapevines or not — the roots of the wine industry’s next great controversy”

KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED

NEW AND STRONGER KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA On 7 September, after much debate, the California Water Resources Board formally approved new water quality standards (called ³TMDLs,² or ³total maximum daily loads² in Clean Water Act parlance) for the mainstem of the Klamath River. This decision gives final California agency approval to … Continue reading “KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED”