Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?

by NPR Don Gentry, chairman of the Klamath Tribes, says the tribes have not been able to fish for suckerfish for the past 27 years. “The condition of our fish is just so dire,” he says. Amelia Templeton for NPR So often, we take water for granted. We turn on the faucet and there it … Continue reading “Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?”

Suit to Seeks to Establish State Water Board jurisdiction over Groundwater Connectivity with River

John Bowman Siskiyou Daily News, June 18, 2013 As the struggle to properly manage water in Scott Valley drags on, a recent decision by a state appeals court has determined that one battle will be hashed out in Sacramento rather than here in Siskiyou County. In 2010, the Environmental Law Foundation, the Pacific Coast Federation … Continue reading “Suit to Seeks to Establish State Water Board jurisdiction over Groundwater Connectivity with River”

Sonoma County Sees Surge in New Vineyard Projects

CATHY BUSSEWITZ THE PRESS DEMOCRAT, June 2, 2013 Wineries and vineyard owners have filed a flurry of applications to plant new vineyards and replace older vines in Sonoma County, even as the suitable land in the region has become more scarce. The rush to plant comes as the California wine industry is faced with aging … Continue reading “Sonoma County Sees Surge in New Vineyard Projects”

Wine and water: In rural North County, all is not well

June 16 By David Sneed — dsneed@thetribunenews.com Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a five-part series. Coming Tuesday: At the center of the debate is the wine industry, which is both a major water user and an essential driver of the county’s No. 1 industry: tourism. On the surface, the rural parts of … Continue reading “Wine and water: In rural North County, all is not well”

U.S. Groundwater Consumption Accelerating

May 27, 2013 Aquifers across the United States are being drawn down at an increasing pace, finds a new study released today by the U.S. Geological Survey. The report, “Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900-2008),” evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers in the United States, bringing together information from previous studies … Continue reading “U.S. Groundwater Consumption Accelerating”

“California Water Rights Atlas” Opens to Public:

Empowers Citizens, Unlocks Information, Improves Water Management SACRAMENTO, CA – Former Brown Administration Resources Secretary Huey Johnson, president of the Resource Renewal Institute, today unveiled the first-ever public “California Water Rights Atlas.” This online tool enables citizens, policymakers, media and others to view thousands of current California water rights claims. RRI is a nonprofit, public … Continue reading ““California Water Rights Atlas” Opens to Public:”

Drop in U.S. Underground Water Levels has Accelerated: USGS

May 20 2013 Environment Correspondent Deborah Zabarenko From environmentalhealthnews.org WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Water levels in U.S. aquifers, the vast underground storage areas tapped for agriculture, energy and human consumption, between 2000 and 2008 dropped at a rate that was almost three times as great as any time during the 20th century, U.S. officials said on Monday. … Continue reading “Drop in U.S. Underground Water Levels has Accelerated: USGS”

“California Water Rights Atlas” Opens to Public:

Empowers Citizens, Unlocks Information, Improves Water Management Former Brown Administration Resources Secretary Huey Johnson, president of the Resource Renewal Institute, today unveiled the first-ever public “California Water Rights Atlas.” This online tool enables citizens, policymakers, media and others to view thousands of current California water rights claims. RRI is a nonprofit, public interest organization, and … Continue reading ““California Water Rights Atlas” Opens to Public:”

GM Crops and Water – A Recipe for Disaster

Genetically modified foods are a threat to our dwindling water supplies; they are less water-efficient and contaminate fresh water Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji Institute of Science in Society, May 7, 2013 Source: i-sis.org.uk Genetically Modified (GM) crops are widely recognised for their potential to damage both human health and the environment. Evidence is now accumulating of the … Continue reading “GM Crops and Water – A Recipe for Disaster”

Farmers work to protect grapes, river levels

Steve Adler, April 24, 2013 Winegrape growers within the Russian River watershed came through the first night of freezing temperatures with flying colors last week, as their sprinkler diversions for frost protection of vulnerable spring vine growth resulted in very little drop in river flow levels. The issue involves farmers in Mendocino and Sonoma counties, … Continue reading “Farmers work to protect grapes, river levels”