State can Label Widely used Herbicide as Possible Carcinogen

By Bob Egelko April 19, 2018 A state appeals court on Thursday backed California’s listing of the widely used herbicide glyphosate as a possible cause of cancer and the state’s prohibition against discharging it into public waterways. The chemical is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer, popular with farmers as well as homeowners. Citing … Continue reading “State can Label Widely used Herbicide as Possible Carcinogen”

The Invisible Poisons: Where are They?

To All, Here is one of those serious issues that has not been adequately addressed due to the power of money in politics as well as being an invisible threat. It is past time that the issue of pesticides gets exposed, creates public outrage and forces the invisible poisons into containment. What’s on those vines? … Continue reading “The Invisible Poisons: Where are They?”

Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary

By Greg King, Siskiyou Land Conservancy After many years the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has finally released a long awaited report that provides new and devastating data from the Smith River estuary: From 2013-15 state scientists found 17 highly toxic pesticides in surface waters of the lower Smith River. They also found at … Continue reading “Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary”

California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying

Judge Strips State Food Agriculture Agency of Authority to Use Chemicals SACRAMENTO, Calif – A judge has ordered the California Department of Food and Agriculture to stop using chemical pesticides in its statewide program until the agency complies with state environmental laws. The injunction, issued late last week, is a sweeping victory for 11 public-health, conservation, citizen and food-safety groups and the city … Continue reading “California Court Ruling Ends Decades of State Pesticide Spraying”

Action to Help Pesticide Contamination in the Smith River

Help Stop Pesticide Contamination in Smith River Estuary By Greg King, Siskiyou Land  Conservancy After many years the California North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has finally released a long awaited report that provides new and devastating data from the Smith River estuary: From 2013-15 state scientists found 17 highly toxic pesticides in surface … Continue reading “Action to Help Pesticide Contamination in the Smith River”

Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States

Six western states now allow recreational use of marijuana, creating a huge new legal market for cannabis farmers. But the implications for water supplies remain a big unknown. “It looks like a mess right now,” one expert says. Written by Matt Weiser Published on  Jan. 3, 2018 Read time Approx. 10 minutes States throughout the West have rushed to legalize … Continue reading “Big Unknowns: What Legal Marijuana Means for Water in Western States”

Health of California’s Streams, Rivers, and Lakes

To All, Are our streams and rivers healthy?  Below is a link to a government site that gives general and specific information on this subject with links to specific databases on California’s streams. http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/eco_health/streams/index.html Larry

A New Study Suggests Even the Toughest Pesticide Regulations Aren’t Nearly Tough Enough

As in most states, regulators in California measure the effect of only one pesticide at a time. But farmers often use several pesticides together—and that’s a big, toxic problem. By Liza Gross California officials have long touted their pesticide regulations as the toughest in the nation. But a new report from the University of California, … Continue reading “A New Study Suggests Even the Toughest Pesticide Regulations Aren’t Nearly Tough Enough”

Epigenomics: From Soil to People’ workshop, Jan. 9-13

To All, Dr. William Battaglin, US Geological Survey, will speak about ‘Glyphosate and other Contaminants of Concern in Water, Sediment, and Soil in the United States’ at the ‘ONE HEALTH Epigenomics: From Soil to People’ workshop at Plant & Animal Genome Conference, San Diego, January 9-13, 2016: https://pag.confex.com/pag/xxiv/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/21483 His presentation will be the highlight of … Continue reading “Epigenomics: From Soil to People’ workshop, Jan. 9-13”

Long-Term Effects of Common Pesticides on Aquatic Species

16 November 2015 Wiley New research indicates that commonly-used insecticide mixtures continue to impact aquatic invertebrate species over multiple weeks, even when the chemicals are no longer detectable in water. Through experiments meant to generally reflect runoff from a multiple-homeowner watershed, investigators found that pesticide mixtures had negative effects on the abundance of certain snails, … Continue reading “Long-Term Effects of Common Pesticides on Aquatic Species”