New Policy Sets Rules for Marijuana Growers to Protect California Water

California’s State Water Board recently passed new policies that will regulate water impacts from marijuana growing operations. Erin Ragazzi and Scott Couch of the Water Board discuss the challenges. Written by Ian Evans Published on Nov. 7, 2017 On October 17, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted new environmental policies to regulate how marijuana growing … Continue reading “New Policy Sets Rules for Marijuana Growers to Protect California Water”

When is it a wetland? When a state board says so

By Aubrey Bettencourt Special to The Bee October 13, 2017 A single word, in the right context, has power. The State Water Resources Control Board is engaged in a wholesale reclassification of millions of acres of public and private lands by choosing a new definition for the word “wetland.” Opinion Whether out of fear of … Continue reading “When is it a wetland? When a state board says so”

Study Details Timber Harvest Impacts On Stream Temperatures; Private Lands Warmer

September 23, 2011 One of the largest and longest studies done in Oregon on the impact of timber harvest on stream temperatures has found no average temperature increases on state forest lands, but a 1.3 degree increase on private timber lands. Stream temperatures are a particular concern for cold-water fish such as trout and salmon, and the … Continue reading “Study Details Timber Harvest Impacts On Stream Temperatures; Private Lands Warmer”

Deciphering dueling analyses of clean water regulations

To All, This is a short policy forum piece from Science worth reading to see the arguments fabricated by the Trump administration to overturn the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. This is the rule that addresses the reach of the Clean Water Act. How far does it extend into wetlands, if at all. … Continue reading “Deciphering dueling analyses of clean water regulations”

State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and Dredge/Fill Procedures

Elizabeth “Betsy” Lake  HIGHLIGHTS: The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has published its final draft proposed rule for a “State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State” (Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule includes a definition of wetlands applicable to State Water Board … Continue reading “State Water Board Issues Revised Rule for Definition of Wetlands and Dredge/Fill Procedures”

Partnering With Beavers: 10-Year Study Shows How Beaver Dams In Arid Streams Moderate Water Temps

Posted on Friday, June 02, 2017 (PST) A 10-year study of the influence of beaver dams – some artificially added to the stream during the study – on stream water temperature found that the dams increase surface water storage and encourage cool groundwater flow. The results are a cooler stream at a time when typically … Continue reading “Partnering With Beavers: 10-Year Study Shows How Beaver Dams In Arid Streams Moderate Water Temps”

Sierra Club’s Position on the Delta (Twin) Tunnels

Dear Larry, Every so often, I’ll receive a call or email from a Sierra Club member asking what Sierra Club California’s position is on the proposed Delta tunnels. The number of inquiries has increased lately because the tunnels have been in the news more than usual. Let me say at the top: Sierra Club California … Continue reading “Sierra Club’s Position on the Delta (Twin) Tunnels”

Fight for Felta

Residents battle proposed logging plan near Felta Creek By Tom Gogola A Humboldt County businessman appears poised to get the green light from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to log most of a forested 160-acre Healdsburg parcel crossed by Felta Creek. Felta Creek is a tributary of the Russian River and … Continue reading “Fight for Felta”

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