Logging for Water

Will Parrish, 2016 The day after an unseasonal June rain swelled the streams of the northern Sierra Nevada, Marily Woodhouse steered her 2003 Dodge Dakota through 65 miles of winding mountain roads near Mount Lassen. Woodhouse first traversed the area on horseback shortly after moving here 25 years ago. Back then, the land was lush with life, and its towering conifer forests … Continue reading “Logging for Water”

Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management

PRESS RELEASE | FRIDAY, JUL 22, 2016 Wishtoyo Foundation filed a lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the State Water Resources Control Board over the use and management of recycled water throughout California. Wishtoyo alleges that new regulations issued by the State Board on June 7, 2016, fail to adhere to the requirements … Continue reading “Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management”

Governor Brown Signs Law Recognizing Forest Watersheds as Part of State’s Water System

Source watersheds will now be acknowledged as infrastructure By Pacific Forest Trust – September 28, 2016, 08:27:08 AM SACRAMENTO, California September 27, 2016 – Governor Jerry Brown took a significant step today to preserve and maintain the key sources of the state’s water supply. With his signature, Assembly Bill 2480 became law, requiring recognition of … Continue reading “Governor Brown Signs Law Recognizing Forest Watersheds as Part of State’s Water System”

Logging for Water

A battle is brewing over whether cutting down trees will increase California’s water supply. By Will Parrish The day after an unseasonal June rain swelled the streams of the northern Sierra Nevada, Marily Woodhouse steered her 2003 Dodge Dakota through 65 miles of winding mountain roads near Mount Lassen. Woodhouse first traversed the area on … Continue reading “Logging for Water”

Last Stands

North Coast timber conflict flares up—again By Will Parrish After an era of relative quiet compared to the so-called timber wars of the 1980s and ’90s, conflict over logging in the forests of Northern California has returned. A plan to log 100- to 150-year-old redwood trees across 320 acres of northwestern Sonoma County in the … Continue reading “Last Stands”

Tree Growth Never Slows

Richard Schultz/Corbis Trees — including California’s giant redwoods — add an increasing amount of mass every year. Many foresters have long assumed that trees gradually lose their vigour as they mature, but a new analysis suggests that the larger a tree gets, the more kilos of carbon it puts on each year. “The trees that … Continue reading “Tree Growth Never Slows”

California is Failing to Protect Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta

October 29, 2015 Kate Poole California is not just dragging its feet when it comes to updating and enforcing water quality standards for the beleaguered San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Instead, the State appears to be up to its neck in cement, paralyzed in its ability to enforce and update critical water quality standards for the … Continue reading “California is Failing to Protect Water Quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta”

Conservation Groups sue EPA over Bay Delta water quality and salmon

April 23, 2016, Maven From the NRDC: Conservation groups filed suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today – on Earth Day – for failing to protect water quality in the San Francisco Bay-Delta under the Clean Water Act. This failure could result in several native fish species going extinct, toxic algal blooms becoming … Continue reading “Conservation Groups sue EPA over Bay Delta water quality and salmon”

PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer

August 19, 2015, Maven Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe … Continue reading “PPIC Report: If Drought Continues: Environment and Poor Rural Communities Most Likely to Suffer”

Primer for Effectively Commenting on CEQA Projects

To All, Here is a primer for addressing and commenting on projects that invoke the CEQA process that aid in getting a better review. Larry County Process for Discretionary Use Permits: Granting a Use Permit is discretionary; thus, public officials have the legal right to deny the project or approve the project provided the County … Continue reading “Primer for Effectively Commenting on CEQA Projects”