State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and Dredge/Fill Procedures

Elizabeth “Betsy” Lake  HIGHLIGHTS: The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has published its final draft proposed rule for a “State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State” (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule includes a definition of wetlands applicable to State Water Board … Continue reading “State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and Dredge/Fill Procedures”

OtPR’s list of dangerous ideas in water management

by onthepublicrecord   The California Water Blog recently created a list of “dangerous ideas in California water”.  Here are a few additional dangerous ideas in CA water management. That conventional growth predictions are immutable and will pose new demand that we must meet.  There are a few predictions for the mid-century that I hear often.  The top … Continue reading “OtPR’s list of dangerous ideas in water management”

Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix

The state has a long-term plan to clean up nitrate-contaminated groundwater, but farmers say more research is still needed and environmental groups think the proposal isn’t strong enough. Written by Erica Gies Published on Aug. 31, 2017 When folks talk about “black gold” in California’s Central Valley, it’s usually a reference to oil – unless you’re in the … Continue reading “Why California’s Nitrate Problem Will Take Decades to Fix”

Like Swimming Through a Pharmacy

Researchers found a wide array of contaminants in Puget Sound fish  By Pippa Wysong March 30, 2016 The fish in Washington State’s Puget Sound are on drugs. In juvenile chinook salmon and staghorn sculpin, researchers recently found traces of more than 40 different contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and industrial chemicals. The presence of … Continue reading “Like Swimming Through a Pharmacy”

Partnering With Beavers: 10-Year Study Shows How Beaver Dams In Arid Streams Moderate Water Temps

Posted on Friday, June 02, 2017 (PST) A 10-year study of the influence of beaver dams – some artificially added to the stream during the study – on stream water temperature found that the dams increase surface water storage and encourage cool groundwater flow. The results are a cooler stream at a time when typically … Continue reading “Partnering With Beavers: 10-Year Study Shows How Beaver Dams In Arid Streams Moderate Water Temps”

New Report Lays Out Strategy to Evaluate Evidence of Adverse Human Health Effects From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals at Low Doses

July 18, 2017 WASHINGTON – A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposes a strategy that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should use to evaluate the evidence of adverse human health effects from low doses of exposure to chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system. Endocrine active chemicals (EACs) or endocrine … Continue reading “New Report Lays Out Strategy to Evaluate Evidence of Adverse Human Health Effects From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals at Low Doses”

The Chore of Understanding Water Rights Just Got a Little Easier

It is notoriously difficult to access and interpret information on water rights. Water Sage, a new web-based service now offered in California, aims to take the sting out of this task for individuals and institutions alike. Written by Matt Weiser Published on Apr. 11, 2017 Who owns the water? And how much do they use? These are simple questions. … Continue reading “The Chore of Understanding Water Rights Just Got a Little Easier”

Drought Emergency Ends in California; Here’s What’s Next

Celebrating the end of the drought will be short-lived, as state officials stressed that California continue along its course to improve conservation and efficiency to prepare for future droughts. Written by Tara Lohan Published on Apr. 9, 2017 As Northern California inched closer on Friday to breaking the record for the wettest water year in California’s recorded history, Gov. … Continue reading “Drought Emergency Ends in California; Here’s What’s Next”

Fight for Felta

Residents battle proposed logging plan near Felta Creek By Tom Gogola A Humboldt County businessman appears poised to get the green light from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to log most of a forested 160-acre Healdsburg parcel crossed by Felta Creek. Felta Creek is a tributary of the Russian River and … Continue reading “Fight for Felta”

Sonoma County’s Climate Action Plan Found Deficient by Court

In a case contested by River Watch, the court found that Sonoma County’s Climate Action Plan violated CEQA due to insufficient information, failed to include effective enforceable standards for the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, and failed to develop and fully analyze alternatives. The court ruled there is insufficient information in the administrative record to … Continue reading “Sonoma County’s Climate Action Plan Found Deficient by Court”