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”

Supreme Court won’t pause Obama water rule case

BY TIMOTHY CAMA THE HILL – 04/03/17 10:22 AM EDT The Supreme Court will not pause a case concerning the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule in a rebuke to the Trump administration. The justices’ decision came on Monday with no explanation. The White House opposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ rule … Continue reading “Supreme Court won’t pause Obama water rule case”

Industrial Logging, Forest Depletion, and Climate Change—The Ghost in the Machine

There are nearly 33 million acres of forested land in the State of California. Since the early days of European-American settlement, the wholesale destruction of our native, “old-growth” forests, and the overall depletion of the productive capacity of our forests, both public and private, have been the subject of debate and concern. Many may not … Continue reading “Industrial Logging, Forest Depletion, and Climate Change—The Ghost in the Machine”

Logging for Water

Will Parrish, 2016 The day after an unseasonal June rain swelled the streams of the northern Sierra Nevada, Marily Woodhouse steered her 2003 Dodge Dakota through 65 miles of winding mountain roads near Mount Lassen. Woodhouse first traversed the area on horseback shortly after moving here 25 years ago. Back then, the land was lush with life, and its towering conifer forests … Continue reading “Logging for Water”

THIS JUST IN … NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink

From the Department of Water Resources: New NASA radar satellite maps prepared for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) show that land continues to sink rapidly in certain areas of the San Joaquin Valley, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage. “The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence … Continue reading “THIS JUST IN … NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink”

California should take lead on wetlands protections

San Francisco Chronicle March 12, 2017 When the president made good on a key campaign promise Tuesday to roll back federal environmental rules on wetlands, cheers went up across farmlands. The acronym meant little to city dwellers, but the promise to “repeal WOTUS” — a staple at Trump rallies — had secured much of the rural vote … Continue reading “California should take lead on wetlands protections”

California Set to Regulate Carcinogen in Water for Decades

Hundreds of drinking-water wells across California’s San Joaquin Valley have been found to contain 1,2,3-trichloropropane, a likely human carcinogen. This month, the state has taken a big step forward in regulating the chemical. Carlos Arias is asked by many residents in the small town of Del Rey, California, if the water is safe to drink. … Continue reading “California Set to Regulate Carcinogen in Water for Decades”

Lawsuit Alleges Wineries Failed To Warn Consumers Of Arsenic-Tainted Wine

February 27, 2017 In April of last year we posted an interview televised on Ring of Fire about the high levels of inorganic arsenic in wines: (http://winewaterwatch.org/2016/04/first-they-found-toxic-glyphosate-in-wine-and-now-arsenic/) and noted that a lawsuit was going to be filed. Wine labeling laws let the wine producers hide alot of additives, arsenic being one for color, smell and flavor … Continue reading “Lawsuit Alleges Wineries Failed To Warn Consumers Of Arsenic-Tainted Wine”

Going to Pot

EUREKA, California—Mark Harris banks the Cessna 182 over the blue expanse of Humboldt Bay and flies toward the redwood-studded hills beyond, to the now-quiet battlefields of the California timber wars. It’s a flashback moment. Twenty-one years ago, Harris, then a ponytailed young attorney, took me, then a long-haired young reporter, up in Thumper, as he … Continue reading “Going to Pot”

Pot Bad, Wine Good

by Will Parrish, June 10, 2015 Let’s begin with some Q&A. In the 1990s, runaway cultivation of a mind-altering cash crop led to a spate of illegal surface water diversions from the streams and springs that feed the Russian River, as well as directly from the river itself. The Russian was home to more illegal … Continue reading “Pot Bad, Wine Good”