New Oversight of Groundwater taking shape in Sonoma County

GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | June 10, 2017 Groundwater: What you need to know For information on the Sonoma County’s Sustainable Groundwater Management program, click here. For a Department of Water Resources tool that will show if your property is in a groundwater basin, click here. Groundwater basins are California’s largest reservoirs, more than 10 times … Continue reading “New Oversight of Groundwater taking shape in Sonoma County”

Redwood City settles sewer suit: Overflows prompt conversation on city’s wastewater plan

June 05, 2017, 05:00 AM By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal Strategies for decreasing the number of Redwood City’s sanitary sewer overflows, developing an accurate reporting process and creating a plan for notifying residents when overflows occur are among the objectives   clarified in a settlement agreement reached last month by city officials and the nonprofit California River Watch. Focused … Continue reading “Redwood City settles sewer suit: Overflows prompt conversation on city’s wastewater plan”

In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills

The steady expansion of vineyards in California’s premier wine-growing region is moving uphill into oak and other woodlands and is adversely affecting fish and wildlife. Other wine areas, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Mendoza in Argentina, are facing similar issues. By Alastair Bland • May 11, 2017 Kellie Anderson stands in the understory of a … Continue reading “In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills”

Sapping the Well

By Alastair Bland Tyler Heck remembers the summer days that often sent him down the hill from his family’s home off Erland Road and into the cool waters of Van Buren Creek for relief. He remembers diving into the water and swimming, even in July and August. It was the 1980s. Heck, now 32, says … Continue reading “Sapping the Well”

State Supreme Court to review challenge to North Coast railroad project

By Will Houston Posted: 05/01/17 The California Supreme Court is set to hear two cases Wednesday that challenge the state-operated North Coast Railroad Authority’s stance that federal laws preempt it from having to conduct an environmental review on its project to restore a railway stretching from Arcata to Napa County. “They say federal law supercedes the … Continue reading “State Supreme Court to review challenge to North Coast railroad project”

EPA to use 2 rulemakings to repeal and replace WOTUS (Waters of the US Rule)

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 U.S. EPA reportedly plans to replace the Clean Water Rule with two separate rulemakings, one to repeal the regulation and another to set a new standard. Photo by Ricardo Mar, courtesy of Flickr. U.S. EPA plans to repeal and replace the Clean Water Rule with two … Continue reading “EPA to use 2 rulemakings to repeal and replace WOTUS (Waters of the US Rule)”

Pesticides on the Smith River Plain: Is Drinking Water Safe?

March 28, 2017 By Felice Pace, North Group Water Chair Recently I received a notice announcing that the State Water Resources Control Board has proposed establishing a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 5 parts per trillion (ppt) for the chemical 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) in drinking water. 1,2,3-TCP is a man-made chemical used as a solvent and … Continue reading “Pesticides on the Smith River Plain: Is Drinking Water Safe?”

Lawsuit Filed Supporting a Ban on Water Fluoridation

It’s official: the Fluoride Action Network–along with a coalition of environmental and public health groups–has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to their denial of our petition under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) seeking a … Continue reading “Lawsuit Filed Supporting a Ban on Water Fluoridation”

From Extreme Drought to Record Rain: Why California’s Drought-to-deluge cycle is Getting Worse

LA Times, April 2017 Rong-Gong Lin II and Paige St. John California’s climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow. But never before in recorded history has the state seen such an extreme drought-to-deluge swing. Experts and state water officials say California is seeing more of … Continue reading “From Extreme Drought to Record Rain: Why California’s Drought-to-deluge cycle is Getting Worse”

LA Times Op-Ed: Our wild, wet winter doesn’t change this reality — California will be short of water forever

March 7th, 5am Over the last 18 months, California has experienced one of the driest, wettest and wildest rides in its recorded water history. As the 2015-16 water year opened in October 2015, drought had driven the state’s reservoir and groundwater levels to all-time lows. Entire towns were left without water. Reports of lakes turned … Continue reading “LA Times Op-Ed: Our wild, wet winter doesn’t change this reality — California will be short of water forever”