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”

Court Upholds Subterranean Flows is a Part of Gualala River

The Court denied NGWC contention that the State Water Board did not have authority over subterranean flows that are part of the Gualala River Flow regime. This is an important case as it asserts the Water Boards authority to assert justification to maintain minimum by-pass flows to protect Beneficial Uses of Water. Now the State … Continue reading “Court Upholds Subterranean Flows is a Part of Gualala River”

Judge Rules RP Water Study is Flawed

Judge Owen of Sonoma Superior Court tentatively ruled May 30 in favor of the OWL Foundation of Penngrove that says Rohnert Park doesn’t have enough water for 3,600 new homes planned on the city’s eastern edge and other proposed growth. Almost half of those homes already have City Council approval, based in part on a … Continue reading “Judge Rules RP Water Study is Flawed”

Northern California River Watch v. City of Healdsburg

In January of 2004, the U.S. District Court issued an order in favor of Northern California River Watch. In the ruling, the court held that a former excavation site, a 58 acre Basalt Pond, was adjacent to the Russian River and was within the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Thus, the City of … Continue reading “Northern California River Watch v. City of Healdsburg”

KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED

NEW AND STRONGER KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA On 7 September, after much debate, the California Water Resources Board formally approved new water quality standards (called ³TMDLs,² or ³total maximum daily loads² in Clean Water Act parlance) for the mainstem of the Klamath River. This decision gives final California agency approval to … Continue reading “KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED”