Local Coalition Advances Plan to Remove Scott Dam on the Eel River, Acquire Potter Valley Project From PG&E

Ryan Burns / Wednesday, May 13 @ 11:10 a.m. / News In a major development for both water rights and the environment on the North Coast, an unlikely coalition of five regional entities today filed a plan with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take over the Potter Valley Project, a hydroelectric facility that … Continue reading “Local Coalition Advances Plan to Remove Scott Dam on the Eel River, Acquire Potter Valley Project From PG&E”

Press Releases for Scott Dam Removal and Potter Valley Project Acquisition

Official release from the Two-Basin Partnership Santa Rosa, Calif. – Today, five diverse entities jointly proposed an ambitious plan to advance restoration of Eel River fisheries while maintaining water security for Russian River basin water users. The Feasibility Study Report (Report) Project Plan was filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the next … Continue reading “Press Releases for Scott Dam Removal and Potter Valley Project Acquisition”

Clean Water Act: Trump’s rewrite is finalized. What happens now?

Apr 22, 2020 The Trump administration today finalized its controversial definition of what marshes, wetlands and streams quality for protections under the Clean Water Act. But don’t expect regulatory certainty anytime soon. EPA published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule in the Federal Register this morning, nearly four months after the administration unveiled the rule. Publication starts a … Continue reading “Clean Water Act: Trump’s rewrite is finalized. What happens now?”

Groundwater Rules!: We All Live Downstream

March 27, 2020By Jennifer Clary – Program Manager With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we … Continue reading “Groundwater Rules!: We All Live Downstream”

Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

The US Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion on this case, and the “Toxic Water Loophole”, this month. The case “centers on a wastewater facility in Maui that violated the law by discharging millions of gallons of treated sewage each day into the Pacific Ocean via the groundwater beneath the facility, devastating a formerly … Continue reading “Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui”

Is Covid-19 the Silver Bullet For a Stable Climate?

We always knew that climate change was going to be painful… Brad ZarnettMar 11 The air over China before and after the country went into lockdown in an attempt to contain the Covid-19 Coronavirus.Something changed recently when I saw a map comparing the air over China before and after the country went into lockdown in … Continue reading “Is Covid-19 the Silver Bullet For a Stable Climate?”

‘Lost communities’: thousands of wells in rural California may run dry

Years of pumping, drought and a thirsty agriculture industry have taken a heavy toll on the water supply – and new plans are leaving vulnerable residents behind by Susie CagleFri 28 Feb 2020 When Carolina Garcia’s well began pumping sand and air instead of water in 2016, she didn’t know where to turn. The Garcias had … Continue reading “‘Lost communities’: thousands of wells in rural California may run dry”

Record-high global tree cover loss driven by agriculture

by Liz Kimbrough on 10 March 2020  The new data reveals record-breaking global tree cover loss for 2016 through 2018. In 2018 alone, the area of tree cover loss was larger than the UK. Agriculture continues to drive tree cover loss globally and in the tropics while forestry and wildfires drive forest loss in North America. Across … Continue reading “Record-high global tree cover loss driven by agriculture”

Forest Unlimited’s 2020 Plants 1400 Redwoods

In January of 2020, Forest Unlimited planted 1400 redwood seedlings on two different properties, one near Occidental and the other near Sebastopol. The plantings that took place over two days and involved the efforts of about 100 volunteers.  Forest Unlimited has been doing these large plantings for at least 20 years.  We estimate that the … Continue reading “Forest Unlimited’s 2020 Plants 1400 Redwoods”

Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands

By Coral DavenportJan. 22, 2020 WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a rule to strip away environmental protections for streams, wetlands and groundwater, handing a victory to farmers, fossil fuel producers and real estate developers who said Obama-era rules had shackled them with onerous and unnecessary burdens. From Day 1 of his administration, President … Continue reading “Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands”