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”

“Vineyard Infection” Letter and other wine industry comments

Following is Dr. Laura Morgan’s “Vineyard Infection” letter on the possible coastal invasion by more vineyards, published in today’s PD, as well as my response. The link to read the letters and respond also follows. Let’s keep the pressure on. Since some of you were also at the Timber Cove workshop, this letter opens a … Continue reading ““Vineyard Infection” Letter and other wine industry comments”

Will Parrish Comment on Glyphosate

Dear friends in Napa/Sonoma: In March 2015, the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France ruled that the broad-spectrum systemic herbicide glyphosate — the active ingredient in Round-Up — is a likely carcinogen. Studies have linked the herbicide, which is widely used in agribusiness to control weeds, to … Continue reading “Will Parrish Comment on Glyphosate”

Wine Industry Impacts: Wine and Water Watch (WWW)

I began sending out my article on the founding of the Wine and Water Watch (WWW) group yesterday. It has already been published in at least the following places, which include India and Virginia. It will likely be published elsewhere in the next few days. If you google the words “wine and water watch” with … Continue reading “Wine Industry Impacts: Wine and Water Watch (WWW)”

Discussion on Herbicide Spraying in the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Hello Patrons and Neighbors of The Laguna, I hope everyone is having a good week and enjoyed their weekend. I’ve been slowly settling in to Sonoma County (moved here from VA about a month ago), and am continuously amazed by all that this part of the country has to offer. First I want to apologize … Continue reading “Discussion on Herbicide Spraying in the Laguna de Santa Rosa”

A Profile of MRC Timber Harvests and Herbicide Use

by Will Parrish, July 8, 2015 Perhaps more than any large private timber company in the history of California’s redwood coastal region region, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) has branded itself as an environmentally responsible land steward.  The company’s main goal, according to the About Us section of its web site, is “to demonstrate it is … Continue reading “A Profile of MRC Timber Harvests and Herbicide Use”

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems. Elizabeth Grossman for National Geographic Published March 5, 2015 Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year in Europe alone, according … Continue reading “Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs”