The Impacts of Climate Change and Delta Water

Sierra Club One of the ironies of living in an era of climate change is that it underscores how much we humans have to change. We cannot stop, reduce or adapt to climate change unless we change. Yet, because change is hard, policy influencers who can make a big difference—even the best intentioned—are having a … Continue reading “The Impacts of Climate Change and Delta Water”

California’s Public Trust Doctrine Draws Attention in the Courts

February 1, 2019 Legal Notes by Christian Mars The common law public trust doctrine in California has long played an important role in protecting navigable waters and waterfronts for the purposes of public use and enjoyment, such as commerce, navigation, fisheries, recreation and preservation. Cities periodically encounter the doctrine when: Administering tideland grants; Maintaining or operating … Continue reading “California’s Public Trust Doctrine Draws Attention in the Courts”

The future of the Clean Water Rule is in our hands

The EPA wants to reduce protections for headwater streams. Stand up for clean water today! Whether you fish or just simply understand the value of clean water, there is no law more important than the Clean Water Act. In 2015, the EPA developed a rule that affirmed Clean Water Act protections for “intermittent and ephemeral … Continue reading “The future of the Clean Water Rule is in our hands”

Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land

November 6, 2018, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies Sixty-nine pharmaceutical compounds have been detected in stream insects, some at concentrations that may threaten animals that feed on them, such as trout and platypus. When these insects emerge as flying adults, they can pass drugs to spiders, birds, bats, and other streamside foragers. These findings by an … Continue reading “Drug pollution concentrates in stream bugs, passes to predators in water and on land”

Legal Battle Staves Off Trump’s Assault on Clean Water Protections

By Michelle Chen, TruthoutPublished September 12, 2018 Since taking office, Donald Trump has waged a relentless attack on the nation’s waterways, but his efforts to strip away protections for rivers and wetlands have run into a tide of legal resistance. One of Trump’s first environmental policy directives was to choke off the foundational law protecting water bodies … Continue reading “Legal Battle Staves Off Trump’s Assault on Clean Water Protections”

California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources

Court Rejects Claim That SGMA “Displaces” Public Trust’s Application to California Groundwater RICHARD FRANK, August 29, 2018 The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District has issued an important decision declaring that California’s powerful public trust doctrine applies to at least some of the state’s overtaxed groundwater resources.  The court’s opinion also rejects … Continue reading “California Court Finds Public Trust Doctrine Applies to State Groundwater Resources”

Mark West Creek Study (Sonoma County)

Mark West Creek is one of five priority stream systems selected as part of the 2014 California Water Action Plan effort. The 59 square mile Mark West Creek HUC12 subwatershed, located within Sonoma County, is the second largest subwatershed in the Russian River basin. The creek supports several listed anadromous salmonid species including California Coastal … Continue reading “Mark West Creek Study (Sonoma County)”

More Protection for Rivers Sought-Senate Bill 2975

To All, The Senate passed AB 2975 by Assembly member Laura Friedman. This bill provides a mechanism for the state to include river segments in its wild and scenic river system, should the Trump administration remove them from the federal system. If you can nudge the Governor so sign this, please do it. Thanks to … Continue reading “More Protection for Rivers Sought-Senate Bill 2975”

Last Wild Coho Salmon Creek in Russian River Watershed

Felta Creek Threatened By Aggressive Logging Plan [Note: A court hearing on this logging case will be heard Friday, August 17th at 3 pm in Rm 18, Empire Collge Annex, 3035 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA.  The public is invited to view the Hearing but seating is limited.] As wild Coho salmon have disappeared in … Continue reading “Last Wild Coho Salmon Creek in Russian River Watershed”

Why California’s New Wild and Scenic River Is a Big Deal

After years of work, the state’s Mokelumne River has been awarded Wild and Scenic status. It’s a significant win for conservationists and local residents, as well as an important example of consensus building. Written by Steve Evans Published on July 26, 2018 The Mokelumne River became California’s newest Wild and Scenic River when Governor Jerry Brown signed the natural resources budget … Continue reading “Why California’s New Wild and Scenic River Is a Big Deal”