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”

Bids for Giant North Coast Forest Land

BY MARY CALLAHAN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT February 9, 2015 A coalition of conservation groups with visions of riverfront parkland, environmentally friendly forestry practices and watershed preservation will submit a bid Tuesday on 30,000 acres of redwood timber holdings and bluff-top land at the mouth of the Gualala River, straddling Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Led by … Continue reading “Bids for Giant North Coast Forest Land”

Webinar: Keeping Our Watersheds Frack Free

Sign up and listen and watch, “Keeping Our Watersheds Frack Free” webinar on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 11 am PST. From Pennsylvania to California, from Colorado to Texas, the dirty form of gas drilling known as fracking is contaminating our water and threatening our communities. Join Clean Water Network’s webinar to learn about the … Continue reading “Webinar: Keeping Our Watersheds Frack Free”

Legal Challenge to Industrial Printing in the Coastal Hills

All that you see in this aerial view taken in the coastal hills of western Sonoma County was built without a General Plan Amendment and the required Environmental Impact Report. This industrial land use is unrelated to our local agriculture or natural resources and defies our General Plan.  A major expansion of this printing factory, Dharma … Continue reading “Legal Challenge to Industrial Printing in the Coastal Hills”

Press Release: West County Residents File Lawsuit to Halt Industrial Development in Coastal Hills

A group of West County residents filed suit Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court to stop an expansion of the Ratna Ling Meditation Center that would put an industrial scale printing and storage facility in an otherwise rural area in the Cazadero hills. [www.sonomacoastalhillsruralpreservation.org ] The lawsuit contends that the Board of Supervisors’ June approval … Continue reading “Press Release: West County Residents File Lawsuit to Halt Industrial Development in Coastal Hills”

Artesa Vineyards Planned Near Annapolis Shelved

Robert Digitales, Press Democrat June 3, 2014 The decision was hailed by environmentalists, who last year persuaded a Sonoma County judge to rule that the vineyard project’s environmental studies were flawed. “For us and the forest, it’s great news,” Friends of the Gualala River President Chris Poehlmann said of the winery’s decision. Artesa spokesman Sam … Continue reading “Artesa Vineyards Planned Near Annapolis Shelved”

Sonoma County OKs $1 Million for Coast Wildland Deal

Guy Kovner, Press Democrat May 20, 2014 Hikers are expected to gain access to a stunning Sonoma County coastal vista point through a $1 million public contribution to a wildland conservation deal approved by county supervisors on Tuesday. Supervisors gushed over the beauty of the 238-acre Pole Mountain property north of Jenner, which includes oak woodlands, … Continue reading “Sonoma County OKs $1 Million for Coast Wildland Deal”