Response to Sapping the Well

To All, Paso Robles has been dealing with heavy water issues also as many of you know. National Geographic is filming a great story of their area right now. Financiers/vulture capitalists have been buying up vineyards for the water rights, wine grapes are just the window dressing, and selling it back to the residents. The … Continue reading “Response to Sapping the Well”

State Supreme Court to review challenge to North Coast railroad project

By Will Houston Posted: 05/01/17 The California Supreme Court is set to hear two cases Wednesday that challenge the state-operated North Coast Railroad Authority’s stance that federal laws preempt it from having to conduct an environmental review on its project to restore a railway stretching from Arcata to Napa County. “They say federal law supercedes the … Continue reading “State Supreme Court to review challenge to North Coast railroad project”

EPA to use 2 rulemakings to repeal and replace WOTUS (Waters of the US Rule)

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News reporter Greenwire: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 U.S. EPA reportedly plans to replace the Clean Water Rule with two separate rulemakings, one to repeal the regulation and another to set a new standard. Photo by Ricardo Mar, courtesy of Flickr. U.S. EPA plans to repeal and replace the Clean Water Rule with two … Continue reading “EPA to use 2 rulemakings to repeal and replace WOTUS (Waters of the US Rule)”

My Comments Regarding Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Threat

To All, I submitted these comments using the link provided in the previous posting on the threat to the Cascasde-Siskiyou National Monument. In this time of Climate Change (many scientists would characterize this as Climate Crises and Global crises), we need to protect forests for its watersheds, fish, and air quality. This benefits agriculture and … Continue reading “My Comments Regarding Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Threat”

Russian River Estuary/Low Flow Meeting, May 15, Monte Rio

Hi River Lovers! There is a very important meeting this Monday night (May 15th) on the Estuary Project at the Monte Rio Community Center from 6 pm to 7:30.  Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) will give updates on their studies.  Supervisor Hopkins will also be there and the meeting will include time for public comment.  … Continue reading “Russian River Estuary/Low Flow Meeting, May 15, Monte Rio”

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Threat and Action

Greetings to All, Just hours ago, the Trump Administration formally started their process to gut protection for the spectacular Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Help us protect the Monument! For this Monument and every other of the 27 monuments under attack by Trump, please take action now. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a gem of biodiversity at … Continue reading “Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Threat and Action”

Supreme Court won’t pause Obama water rule case

BY TIMOTHY CAMA THE HILL – 04/03/17 10:22 AM EDT The Supreme Court will not pause a case concerning the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule in a rebuke to the Trump administration. The justices’ decision came on Monday with no explanation. The White House opposes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ rule … Continue reading “Supreme Court won’t pause Obama water rule case”

Clean Water Act Protections

The Waters of the United States rule affects every tributary of every stream related to an external drainage system, including wetlands, in the whole US.  I don’t see how EPA can roll it back — at least not without submitting the proposal to review it to public comment!    The rule was created by EPA AND the Army … Continue reading “Clean Water Act Protections”

California should take lead on wetlands protections

From SF Chonicle March 12, 2017 Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle Botanist, Rhiannon Korhummel, (left) and Biologist Stephanie Freed, with WRA Environmental Consultants assess the quality of the wetlands habitat neat the Sears Point Restoration site on the edge of San Pablo Bay in Novato, California on Tues. April 19, 2016. When the president made … Continue reading “California should take lead on wetlands protections”

THIS JUST IN … NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink

From the Department of Water Resources: New NASA radar satellite maps prepared for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) show that land continues to sink rapidly in certain areas of the San Joaquin Valley, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage. “The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence … Continue reading “THIS JUST IN … NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink”