City of Santa Rosa NPDES Outcome

The Regional Board Staff – Charles Reed, John Short, and sheryl Shaffner did a very good job of presenting and defending their proposed permit. Doug Eberhardt (EPA) and Mike Lozeau did a excellent job representing issues and limitations related to the permit. The NPDES was adopted by the Board, in total, and then ameded with … Continue reading “City of Santa Rosa NPDES Outcome”

Big Win for Joy Road THP Lawsuit

This case is a blast from the past – and on into the future. “Hey, Hey, My, My, Rock and Roll Will Never Die”. For many years the public and some Review Team Agency have complained that the CDF THP Review policy was did not comply with CEQA mandates. This case supports that position and … Continue reading “Big Win for Joy Road THP Lawsuit”

Victory for Water and Forest Issues

Dear all, The court of appeal has published the Joy Road decision  The Sierra Club filed an amicus with financial help from all of you and more. It is a big, big victory on a number of important issues.  For you, like Helen, who have complained for so long about CDF’s habit of changing the … Continue reading “Victory for Water and Forest Issues”

Healdsburg’s Wastewater in Pond Ruled Illegal

For those of you who have been following our Healdsburg case the 9th Circuit Thursday affirmed our lower court victory. This case is the first from any Federal Circuit after the recent Supreme Court Rapanos wetland decision in July. The unanimous decision was written by the Chief Justice of the Ninth Circuit and sets significant … Continue reading “Healdsburg’s Wastewater in Pond Ruled Illegal”

Wastewater in pond ruled illegal

HEALDSBURG by Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer Friday, August 11, 2006 A federal appeals court, in a swift application of the Supreme Court’s new standards for federal regulation of wetlands, ruled Thursday that the city of Healdsburg illegally dumped sewage from a waste treatment plant into a pond whose waters seep into the Russian River. … Continue reading “Wastewater in pond ruled illegal”

Workshop on Bacteria Research in Five Marin and Sonoma County Estuaries

We are monitoring Bacterial Sources and Transport in Five Northern California Estuaries. Please join us for a Workshop on bacteria research in five Marin and Sonoma County estuaries at North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, DCJ Room Santa Rosa, California Tuesday September 19, 2006 9:00 am –12:00 pm. We sampled water, suspended solids, and … Continue reading “Workshop on Bacteria Research in Five Marin and Sonoma County Estuaries”

Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams

The Division of Water Rights is in the process of preparing a State Water Board Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams. The proposed policy may affect water diversions in coastal streams in portions of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt Counties. Water Code Sections 1259.2 and 1259.4 require the State Water … Continue reading “Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Coastal Streams”

High court splits over protecting wetlands

The Clean Water Act might not prevent building on them. By Warren Richey Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON – The federal government does not have the power to reach far upstream to protect every ditch and wetland in a watershed. In a ruling restricting federal authority to protect the environment, the US … Continue reading “High court splits over protecting wetlands”