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”

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”