California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves

Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 4 September 2016 California is one of at least 23 states where so-called aquifer exemptions — exceptions to federal environmental law that allow mining or oil and gas companies to dump waste directly into drinking water reserves — have been issued [Photo caption]  As the western United States struggles with chronic water … Continue reading “California and EPA Poised to Expand Pollution of Potential Drinking Water Reserves”

California is Failing to Protect Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta

October 29, 2015 Kate Poole California is not just dragging its feet when it comes to updating and enforcing water quality standards for the beleaguered San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Instead, the State appears to be up to its neck in cement, paralyzed in its ability to enforce and update critical water quality standards for the … Continue reading “California is Failing to Protect Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta”

2016 National Monitoring Conference, May 2-6, Tampa FL

Please visit the 2016 National Monitoring Conference Website to view the draft conference agenda.  The Conference-at-a-Glance and Concurrent Session Details, including speaker names and presentation titles, are available on the Agenda page  for planning and registration purposes.  This national forum is designed for all water stakeholders, including federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, … Continue reading “2016 National Monitoring Conference, May 2-6, Tampa FL”

World Water Day, March 22, 2016

To All, White House will Host Water Summit on Building a Sustainable Water Future in the United States. On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – World Water Day – the Administration will host a White House Water Summit to raise awareness of the national importance of water, and to highlight new commitments and announcements that the … Continue reading “World Water Day, March 22, 2016”

Is everything we think we know about chemical toxicity wrong?

May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm Yes,  if the first comprehensive review of the issue in a decade is correct in concluding that low doses of chemicals can harm health. Although the hypothesis that chemicals can have health effects at doses much lower than those routinely tested in the toxicological evaluation of chemicals is much-discussed, … Continue reading “Is everything we think we know about chemical toxicity wrong?”

California Water Quality Goals

This searchable database contains an extensive compendium of numeric water quality thresholds from the literature for over 860 chemical constituents and water quality parameters. Included are: California and Federal Drinking Water Standards (MCLs) California Public Health Goals (PHGs) California State Notification and Response Levels for Drinking Water Health Advisories, Water Quality Advisories, and Drinking Water … Continue reading “California Water Quality Goals”

Public Meetings on New Water Measurement Law

To All, WOW! This could prove to be beneficial for efforts to improve flows. Chris The purpose of this message is to provide information about a new water measurement law which will affect water right holders and diverters who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year.   The law includes a new reporting requirement … Continue reading “Public Meetings on New Water Measurement Law”

Wine Industry Impacts: Wine and Water Watch (WWW)

I began sending out my article on the founding of the Wine and Water Watch (WWW) group yesterday. It has already been published in at least the following places, which include India and Virginia. It will likely be published elsewhere in the next few days. If you google the words “wine and water watch” with … Continue reading “Wine Industry Impacts: Wine and Water Watch (WWW)”

NASA Groundwater Subsidence Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

August 19, 2015 Maven Maven note:  Headline is the one issued with the press release. It should perhaps more properly be: “Groundwater Subsidence Causing Valley Land to Sink” From the Department of Water Resources: As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA … Continue reading “NASA Groundwater Subsidence Report: Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink”

PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer

August 19, 2015, Maven Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe … Continue reading “PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer”