A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine

by Alastair Bland October 18, 2013 3:53 PM Environmental groups are fighting to stop the leveling of 154 acres of coastal redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. Courtesy Friends of the Gualala River In the California wine mecca of Sonoma County, climate change is pitting redwood lovers against red wine lovers. This … Continue reading “A Fight Over Vineyards Pits Redwoods Against Red Wine”

Protecting Wetlands and Wildlife Habitat — Bypass Mayhem

A North Coast reporter faces eight years in jail. Was he being unethical, or simply doing his job? By Rachel Dovey It was 5:45am, and Will Parrish sat on a thin platform 30 feet above the ground. He was exhausted. His plywood perch rested partway up a piece of drilling equipment called a stitcher, which looks … Continue reading “Protecting Wetlands and Wildlife Habitat — Bypass Mayhem”

Report Finds “Probable” Carcinogens in Every Tap Water Sample Tested

One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy and feel good is stay hydrated. But in a world where so much of the water is contaminated by pollution or supplemented chemical treatments, it’s difficult to know where to get the best water. A report earlier this year from the Environmental Working Group found … Continue reading “Report Finds “Probable” Carcinogens in Every Tap Water Sample Tested”

Study finds steroids may persist longer in the environment than expected

University of Iowa-led research shows some drugs can partially regenerate themselves Assessing the risk posed to aquatic organisms by the discharge of certain steroids and pharmaceutical products into waterways is often based on a belief that as the compounds degrade, the ecological risks naturally decline. But there’s growing sentiment that once in the environment, some … Continue reading “Study finds steroids may persist longer in the environment than expected”

Discovery of young coho salmon in Russian River tributary heralded

By DEREK MOORE THE PRESS DEMOCRAT September 8, 2013, 7:30 PM Biologists consider Willow Creek arguably the most important tributary habitat in the Russian River for coho, Joe Pecharich of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. The federal agency has contributed about $400,000 for the restoration work. He said young coho, as well as … Continue reading “Discovery of young coho salmon in Russian River tributary heralded”

Russian River Selected for NOAA’s Blueprint Plan

The Russian River watershed has been selected as the first Habitat Focus Area under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint. This is an important step to increase the effectiveness of NOAA’s habitat conservation science and management efforts by identifying places where NOAA offices work to meet multiple habitat conservation objectives on a watershed scale. A WATERSHED IN NEED … Continue reading “Russian River Selected for NOAA’s Blueprint Plan”

San Benito County Stands Up to Fracking

Last week, one rural county in central California took a big leap forward to protect its communities by passing groundbreaking regulation governing hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and other oil and gas extraction operations. On June 18th, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to amend the County’s outdated oil and gas regulation and put in place novel notice, chemical disclosure, … Continue reading “San Benito County Stands Up to Fracking”

Why Oil Companies Want to Drop Acid in California

RL Miller | Takepart.com September 2, 2013 No, it’s not the brown acid passed around at a 1960s rock concerts. Hydrofluoric acid is the most dangerous chemical you’ve never heard of, and it’s being trucked around California’s back roads and injected into oil wells, with virtually no oversight. How bad is it? HF acid is extremely toxic; … Continue reading “Why Oil Companies Want to Drop Acid in California”

California must establish drinking water standards

Global Times-Agencies | 2013-8-8 By Agencies – Global Times A court ruling required California to set a standard to protect millions of residents from unsafe levels of a carcinogen in the state’s drinking water by the end of August. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo sided late last month with two environmental groups in … Continue reading “California must establish drinking water standards”

Offshore Fracking Uproar Grows in California In Wake of Truthout Report

Thursday, 22 August 2013 Mike Ludwig, Truthout | News In the three weeks since a Truthout investigation revealed that federal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing operations in federal waters of the Santa Barbara Channel since 2009, a state commission has launched an investigation into the practice, California lawmakers have demanded a federal … Continue reading “Offshore Fracking Uproar Grows in California In Wake of Truthout Report”