The UN has demanded proof of change not mere hope amidst distrust, nor aspirations mouthed among the cynical.Per Albert Bates, these standardized requirements are new, obvious, practicaland observable: “The new rules announced Tuesday by former Canadian climate minister Catherine McKenna said net zero pledges must be “about cutting emissions, not corners.” I think everyone in […]

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To All, To find out more information about the ins and outs, the trials and tribulations of getting water into law, and just plain good information about water in California, select the link to the California Water Library. Larry

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To All, It is imperative more now than ever for residents of Sonoma County to be aware of exactly how our groundwater resources are being used. Understanding how much water is being pumped will enable actual protections for our residential users that are increasingly experiencing dry wells. In addition, knowledge of groundwater pumping from wells […]

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North Coast Water Board Leaders,  Please see below for new findings on how use of aerial fire retardants pollute streams and lakes and the federal employee lawsuit to end their use. Retardants hitting streams and lakes happens regularly in the Klamath Mountains because it is impossible to control where retardants land in these steep and […]

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‘Lights Are Flashing Red’ “We should care deeply about the unraveling of natural systems because these same resources sustain human life,” said the World Wildlife Fund’s global chief scientist. Jake Johnson October 13, 2022 A sweeping report published Thursday by one of the world’s largest conservation groups finds that Earth’s vertebrate animal populations experienced an […]

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‘Lights Are Flashing Red’ “We should care deeply about the unraveling of natural systems because these same resources sustain human life,” said the World Wildlife Fund’s global chief scientist. Jake Johnson October 13, 2022 A sweeping report published Thursday by one of the world’s largest conservation groups finds that Earth’s vertebrate animal populations experienced an […]

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Dear friends, Today in Richmond, Virginia, the 13 youth plaintiffs in Layla H. v. Commonwealth of Virginia had their first day in court. With over 100 supporters of the young Virginians present in two courtrooms and at a post-hearing press conference, attorneys from Our Children’s Trust and local counsel argued before Judge Clarence N. Jenkins Jr. that the youths’ case […]

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A massive red tide and thousands of dead fish washing up across shorelines have cast light on a threat to the Bay that’s usually invisible: nutrient pollution.  While nutrients sound like a good thing, excessive phosphorus and nitrogen – combined with warm sunny weather and stagnant water flows – provide ideal conditions for many types […]

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Socialism Can Avert Disaster. In November 2022, most member states of the United Nations (UN) will gather in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh for the annual UN Climate Change Conference. This is the 27th conference of the parties to assess the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, commonly referred to as COP […]

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The annual NGO Collaborative conference (in person and zoom/remote) is coming up and agenda planning is underway. Here’s the link to register:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-ngo-groundwater-collaborative-convening-tickets-404278185937. The “Intended Outcomes” are:  Gain new skills and resources to aid in sustainable groundwater management engagement moving forward; Share experiences & outcomes with advocates from across the state; Strategize how best to engage […]

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f you are interested in reading Dr. Hale’s article in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Durable Plastic Goods: A Source of Microplastics and Chemical Additives in the Built and Natural Environments, contact Dr. Hale at Hale@vims.edu for a complimentary copy. This article examines the ways durable plastics (e.g. indoor home furnishings, electrical devices, and textiles) are contributing to the […]

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Dear Friends, The next status hearing for our federal TSCA lawsuit against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the use of fluoridation chemicals was originally scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday, September 20th, but has again been rescheduled by the Court. While I suspect that you are as frustrated as all of us here […]

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HUGE NEWS IN FLORIDA! As of today, thanks to young people from across the state of Florida, in a strategy led and supported by Our Children’s Trust, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) renewable energy rule, Chapter 5O-5: Renewable Energy, is effective! This new rule – the most significant climate policy in Florida in over a […]

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Well Standards DWR Bulletin 74 sets the minimum standards for water, monitoring, cathodic protection, and geothermal heat exchange wells, with the purpose of protecting California’s groundwater quality. Local jurisdictions have the authority to adopt standards which meet or exceed the Bulletin 74 standards. Well standards are administered and enforced at the local level. The process, […]

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Dear workshop participants, We are now almost 2 months from the start of the 2nd National Workshop on Marine eDNA! It is shaping up to be a great meeting, and we wanted to encourage you all to register and finalize your travel arrangements if you haven’t done so already. Providing some information below to help you plan your trip. Agenda: […]

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The EPA still has authority to reduce climate pollution from power plants, even after the Supreme Court’s decision. Here’s what the Biden administration should do next. By Earthjustice & Evergreen Action | July 6, 2022 Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice The Supreme Court’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA limited the EPA’s ability to reduce climate […]

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New research links the amount of carbon dioxide taken in by land ecosystems, such as forests, to the availability of water, which is in short supply during droughts.  Our climate is rapidly warming with rising temperatures affecting the physical environments that support entire ecosystems. Humans [2] and animal species [3] both face daunting challenges for […]

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Strategy Overview Sonoma County, comprising over 1.1 million acres (1,500 square miles) and with a population of approximately 488,000 people, hosts a diverse landscape with coastal geography, varied topography, and a range of microclimates. Collectively, the landscape supports an array of ecological zones, plant, and animal species, working lands, waters, and communities (Sonoma County Ag […]

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Join Rogue Riverkeeper in taking action for the Rogue River by attending an upcoming public hearing!  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites the public to participate in a virtual public hearing on June 30th at 6:00PM to discuss the impacts of dredging at 42 locations on the Rogue River.  RogueJets Inc., also known as Jerry’s […]

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Hello to everyone. As I think many of you know, I am a co-founder of Our Childrens Trust, committed to giving youth a voice in our climate crisis struggle. One of our now long-standing commitments has been to represent 21 young people in Juliana v. US, suing the US over actions which deprive young people […]

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Hi friends, Just a quick reminder that “YOUTH v GOV” – the independent feature-length, award-winning documentary by acclaimed Director Christi Cooper, Barrelmaker Productions, and Vulcan Productions about our federal children’s climate case, Juliana v. United States – will begin streaming globally on Netflix starting at 12:01am PDT tomorrow, April 29th!Please add this extraordinary film to your Netflix List NOW and make plans […]

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    California Water Quality Monitoring Council___________________________________________________________________________The California Water Boards and the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) will be co-hosting a three-day statewide summit on bacteria from September 14 – 16, 2022, likely at the CalEPA building in Sacramento (pending applicable COVID restrictions in place at that time).  The purpose of the summit will be to identify the priority technical and regulatory actions needed […]

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Hello All, The Aquatic Pesticide Application Plan (APAP) from the Reclamation District 70, for coverage under the Statewide General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Residual Aquatic Pesticide Discharges to Waters of the United States from Algae and Aquatic Weed Control Applications, Water Quality Order 2013-0002-DWQ, is available for review on the State Water Resources […]

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California River Watch wrote comments on considering hexavalent chromium levels in drinking water in a workshop given by the state. There are toxic levels considered by the state that also takes in the “economic feasibility” to reduce safe levels. CRW advocates for the safest levels. CRW Comments on CA’s Hexavalent Chromium

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 Hello to everyone. As I think  many of you know, I am a co-founder of Our Childrens Trust, committed to giving youth a voice in our climate crisis struggle. One of our now long-standing commitments has been to represent 21 young people in Juliana v. US, suing the US over actions which deprive young people and future […]

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