California Set to Regulate Carcinogen in Water for Decades

Hundreds of drinking-water wells across California’s San Joaquin Valley have been found to contain 1,2,3-trichloropropane, a likely human carcinogen. This month, the state has taken a big step forward in regulating the chemical. Carlos Arias is asked by many residents in the small town of Del Rey, California, if the water is safe to drink. … Continue reading “California Set to Regulate Carcinogen in Water for Decades”

Lawsuit Alleges Wineries Failed To Warn Consumers Of Arsenic-Tainted Wine

February 27, 2017 In April of last year we posted an interview televised on Ring of Fire about the high levels of inorganic arsenic in wines: ( and noted that a lawsuit was going to be filed. Wine labeling laws let the wine producers hide alot of additives, arsenic being one for color, smell and flavor … Continue reading “Lawsuit Alleges Wineries Failed To Warn Consumers Of Arsenic-Tainted Wine”

New Era on Tap

by Stett Holbrook December 07, 2016 Sonoma and Napa counties respond differently to new groundwater law Call it a tale of two counties. A new state law requires that local governments regulate groundwater for the first time. Sonoma County has begun a lengthy process to create long-term sustainable groundwater management plans for its at-risk water … Continue reading “New Era on Tap”

Researchers determine vineyards adversely affect soil quality

July 14, 2016, UBC Okanagan [British Columbia] UBC biologists are digging under vineyards to see if the Okanagan’s grape industry is affecting soil quality. Miranda Hart, an associate professor of biology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, her PhD candidate Taylor Holland, along with Agriculture Canada research scientist Pat Bowen, has spent the better part of three … Continue reading “Researchers determine vineyards adversely affect soil quality”

Mike Benziger | Water Wizard

vommag July 31, 2015 Vol.1 Issue 2 Story: David Bolling Photos: Steven Krause Winemaking is a kind of alchemy because, at a fundamental level, it involves turning water into wine. A lot of water. UC Davis professor Larry Williams studied a test plot of chardonnay grapes in Carneros and calculated that irrigated vines required a … Continue reading “Mike Benziger | Water Wizard”

Under the influence? How the wine industry dominates Sonoma County election campaigns

February 19, 2016 by Sonoma Valley Sun A Sun exclusive by By Will Parrish For at least two decades, Sonoma County officials have sided with the wine industry in nearly every major political dispute. The reason? The industry dominates the county’s economy – and financially dominates county election campaigns. Last spring, Sonoma County supervisors Efren … Continue reading “Under the influence? How the wine industry dominates Sonoma County election campaigns”

Comment on California Tiger Salamander Plight

The story of the imperiled California Tiger salamander is a story of incremental and relentless destruction.  Californians going about their daily lives may not often think about the destruction of recharge areas necessary to store groundwater, or the loss of floodplains and wetlands that purify and slow rushing waters, but it is happening and the … Continue reading “Comment on California Tiger Salamander Plight”

Public Workshop on Winery Event Centers, Nov. 16

To All, Come to this workshop to Preserve our Rural Character and protect our rural lands from the impacts of EVENTS County Planning Dept. – Public Workshop on Events Monday, November 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm LOCATION  Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa 95401 Tasting rooms and wineries co-existed with neighbors for decades – … Continue reading “Public Workshop on Winery Event Centers, Nov. 16”

Public Meetings on New Water Measurement Law

To All, WOW! This could prove to be beneficial for efforts to improve flows. Chris The purpose of this message is to provide information about a new water measurement law which will affect water right holders and diverters who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year.   The law includes a new reporting requirement … Continue reading “Public Meetings on New Water Measurement Law”

“Vineyard Infection” Letter and other wine industry comments

Following is Dr. Laura Morgan’s “Vineyard Infection” letter on the possible coastal invasion by more vineyards, published in today’s PD, as well as my response. The link to read the letters and respond also follows. Let’s keep the pressure on. Since some of you were also at the Timber Cove workshop, this letter opens a … Continue reading ““Vineyard Infection” Letter and other wine industry comments”