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”

California should take lead on wetlands protections

San Francisco Chronicle March 12, 2017 When the president made good on a key campaign promise Tuesday to roll back federal environmental rules on wetlands, cheers went up across farmlands. The acronym meant little to city dwellers, but the promise to “repeal WOTUS” — a staple at Trump rallies — had secured much of the rural vote … Continue reading “California should take lead on wetlands protections”

Going to Pot

EUREKA, California—Mark Harris banks the Cessna 182 over the blue expanse of Humboldt Bay and flies toward the redwood-studded hills beyond, to the now-quiet battlefields of the California timber wars. It’s a flashback moment. Twenty-one years ago, Harris, then a ponytailed young attorney, took me, then a long-haired young reporter, up in Thumper, as he … Continue reading “Going to Pot”

Pot Bad, Wine Good

by Will Parrish, June 10, 2015 Let’s begin with some Q&A. In the 1990s, runaway cultivation of a mind-altering cash crop led to a spate of illegal surface water diversions from the streams and springs that feed the Russian River, as well as directly from the river itself. The Russian was home to more illegal … Continue reading “Pot Bad, Wine Good”

Delta Doozy: Delta Water Won’t Meet CWA Standards Post-Waterfix

25 January 2017 Discussions about California water supplies have too often become fact-free discourses that fail to advance an informed discussion. The State Water Contractors’ “Delta Doozy” series was launched in order to distinguish the facts from the fiction and promote constructive dialogue. Today’s Doozy comes in response to Restore the Delta’s statement regarding Governor … Continue reading “Delta Doozy: Delta Water Won’t Meet CWA Standards Post-Waterfix”

Headwaters of Smith River Protected

Message from KS Wild Cheers to wild rivers! Today, we are extremely excited to announce that Public Land Order 7859 was signed by Obama officials protecting the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers and Hunter Creek for 20 years from the threat of industrial strip mining! We could not have done it without your outstanding support by … Continue reading “Headwaters of Smith River Protected”

REACTIONS to Secretary Jewell’s secretarial order directing federal actions on Cal Water Fix and the drought

January 5, 2017 Maven Yesterday, Secretary Jewell issued a Secretarial order, directing a number of things, including directing federal fish agencies to finish their work on the biological opinions for the California Water Fix by March of this year. From Congressman John Garamendi: “This is an outrageous attempt by the Secretary of the Interior to … Continue reading “REACTIONS to Secretary Jewell’s secretarial order directing federal actions on Cal Water Fix and the drought”