From SF Chonicle March 12, 2017 Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle Botanist, Rhiannon Korhummel, (left) and Biologist Stephanie Freed, with WRA Environmental Consultants assess the quality of the wetlands habitat neat the Sears Point Restoration site on the edge of San Pablo Bay in Novato, California on Tues. April 19, 2016. When the president made […]

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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 […]

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From Restore the Delta: Today, the Delta Tunnels Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) was released online. As we mentioned yesterday, this document is not a green light for the Delta Tunnels but rather should be understood as the submission of homework by sponsoring agencies (California Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) […]

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Source watersheds will now be acknowledged as infrastructure By Pacific Forest Trust – September 28, 2016, 08:27:08 AM SACRAMENTO, California September 27, 2016 – Governor Jerry Brown took a significant step today to preserve and maintain the key sources of the state’s water supply. With his signature, Assembly Bill 2480 became law, requiring recognition of […]

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To All, This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way A pending Iowa case could set a new national precedent for water pollution stemming from farms. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/des-moines-water-iowa-farm-lawsuit_us_579a4957e4b0d3568f867e28?section= Three highly agricultural counties — Buena Vista, Calhoun and Sac — named in a controversial lawsuit brought by the Des Moines Water Works. […]

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Key hearing for water project starts this week By Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer Posted Jul. 23, 2016 at 5:11 PM When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels, amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon there will be a simple, […]

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Please visit the 2016 National Monitoring Conference Website to view the draft conference agenda.  The Conference-at-a-Glance and Concurrent Session Details, including speaker names and presentation titles, are available on the Agenda page  for planning and registration purposes.  This national forum is designed for all water stakeholders, including federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, […]

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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 […]

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Please visit the 2016 National Monitoring Conference Website to view the draft conference agenda.  The Conference-at-a-Glance and Concurrent Session Details, including speaker names and presentation titles, are available on the Agenda page  for planning and registration purposes.  This national forum is designed for all water stakeholders, including federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, […]

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The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted regulations requiring all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions. Those who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year must also measure their diversions. The regulations, which apply to about 12,000 water right holders and claimants, require annual reporting of water diversions. […]

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At its February 16, 2016 board meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will consider adopting the attached draft resolution pertaining to the human right to water, as established by Water Code section106.3, subdivision (a). On September 25, 2012, the California Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 685, which added section 106.3 to the […]

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This searchable database contains an extensive compendium of numeric water quality thresholds from the literature for over 860 chemical constituents and water quality parameters. Included are: California and Federal Drinking Water Standards (MCLs) California Public Health Goals (PHGs) California State Notification and Response Levels for Drinking Water Health Advisories, Water Quality Advisories, and Drinking Water […]

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Learn about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in Sonoma County Three public workshops will be held to review the new law, why it’s needed, how it affects Sonoma County, and to discuss the formation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. There will be time to ask questions and provide input. PETALUMA VALLEY GROUNDWATER BASIN WORKSHOP Monday, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Following is a press alert sent this morning to 100 journalists. It announces Wine and Water Watch’s (www.WineWaterWatch.org) 3 actions this weekend, starting Fri. at 11 a.m. in the Sebastopol plaza gazebo, Fri. late afternoon/eve at the Occidental Farmers Market, and Sun. at the Sebastopol Farmers Market around noon. Please forward this information widely to […]

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July 31, 2015 · Will Parrish The AVA California’s slow-mo adoption of groundwater regulations is prompting all sorts of legal maneuvers by the state’s irrigation elite, who are striving for the fewest restrictions on their pumps possible. In the Russian River watershed, from where I write this dispatch, arguably the irrigation elite’s elitist elites are […]

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Environmentalists are mobilizing in protest of a would-be bill backed by the local wine industry that would create an irrigation district intended to protect the water rights of about 1,000 grape growers in the Russian River region. Noting that Sonoma County is facing “urgent water supply” problems unique to the Russian River watershed, the legislation […]

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I began sending out my article on the founding of the Wine and Water Watch (WWW) group yesterday. It has already been published in at least the following places, which include India and Virginia. It will likely be published elsewhere in the next few days. If you google the words “wine and water watch” with […]

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August 19, 2015 Maven Maven note:  Headline is the one issued with the press release. It should perhaps more properly be: “Groundwater Subsidence Causing Valley Land to Sink” From the Department of Water Resources: As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA […]

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August 19, 2015, Maven Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe […]

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To All, There is a public hearing on a Sonoma County well ordinance that has important ramifications on new well development that will impact water availability. Permit and Resource Management (PRMD), 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa CA July 21  2:00 p.m.  Item 74- Conduct a Public Hearing and Adopt a Resolution – Adopt a Resolution, […]

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United States House of Representatives Washington DC 20515 July 13, 2015 Dear Members of Congress: The undersigned conservation and recreation organizations, outdoor businesses, and Native American Tribes urge you to reject Rep. Valadao’s H.R. 2898. Under the guise of water and food “security,” H.R. 2898 proposes to maximize water exports, and weaken regulations protecting threatened […]

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Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith, Associated Press Jun. 12, 2015 As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country’s prime farm regions. The order involving record cuts by […]

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U.S. Special Counsel Directs Interior to Justify Legality and Purpose of Payments Washington, DC — Backing charges by whistleblowers, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel is ordering the Secretary of Interior to explain how funds earmarked to help drought-stressed Klamath Basin fish populations instead ended up in the hands of irrigators, according to a letter […]

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