WOPR Canceled – Obama Administration Cancels Bush Era Plan to Clearcut Oregon Forests Salmon, clean water, and old-growth forests big winners Portland, OR  — People throughout the west celebrated an Obama administration decision to cancel a Bush era plan that would have nearly quadrupled current logging on public lands in western Oregon.  The Bush plan, […]

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FYI, The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Yesterday Congressman Earl Blumenaeur (OR)  introduced, The Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in Congress. The bill would establish a water protection and reinvestment fund to support investment in clean water and drinking water infrastructure. Today at 2 pm, the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure […]

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State Water Board Chair proposes to take traditional timber harvest management tools (Waste Discharge Reporting and Conditional Waivers for same) away from Regional Board Problem – Current Status of North Coast Rivers Almost all north coast rivers are listed as impaired – that is they do not meet Water Quality Standards. These impairments are the […]

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EPA /NOAA FORESTRY FINDING: California’s program includes management measures in conformity with the 6217(g) guidance and includes enforceable policies and mechanisms for implementation. However, additional management measures are necessary in order to attain and maintain water quality standards (see Section XII, page 15). RATIONALE: The primary authority in California to implement the management measures for […]

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Contact Your Local County Commissioner and Tell Him or Her to Support Clean Water! The National Association of Counties (NACo) represents county governments all throughout the U.S.  Each year, NACo meets to consider resolutions on federal issues that affect their local governments.  Because this organization is made up of local officials, NACo is very influential with Congress. In […]

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WOPR Canceled – Obama Administration Cancels Bush Era Plan to Clearcut Oregon Forests Salmon, clean water, and old-growth forests big winners Portland, OR — People throughout the west celebrated an Obama administration decision to cancel a Bush era plan that would have nearly quadrupled current logging on public lands in western Oregon.  The Bush plan, […]

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Hi everyone: There is an extremely critical meeting coming up at the North Coast Regional Board on July 23rd at about 9 AM at their offices near the airport at 5550 Skylane Blvd. This is the meeting where they will decide on a Basin Plan Amendment (water law for the North Coast and Russian River) […]

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Timber – Forestry and Fish Folk Below – is a summary of outcomes (from Bob Klamt ) and issues (with Background below that) of the Timber Waiver for Non-Federal lands. The waiver went through – mostly as written. This sets new guidelines, under the Waiver, for Timber Operations (including NTMPs).  This helps keeps stands in […]

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4th Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium July 23-24 on the Salmon River Following the annual Salmon River dives, SRF and Salmon River Restoration Council will host the 4th Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium featuring rafting tours of Creek Mouth Enhancement Projects on the Mid Klamath tributaries, field trips to fish passage projects on the Salmon River; hands-on […]

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News from Capitol Hill Thanks to the hard work of so many Clean Water Network members, the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is taking a giant leap forward by considering critical clean water legislation tomorrow! Tomorrow, June 18 at 9:30 AM, the EPW Committee will mark up (vote on)  and consider a number of […]

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Finally, after years of delay, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) is going to mark up (vote on) a compromise version of the Clean Water Restoration Act (S. 787) THIS Thursday, June 18. This is an all-hands-on-deck alert! We need your help to make sure our Senators know how critically important it is […]

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FYI, Northcoast Waterboard meeting announcement on Waivers on THPs  THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009 8:30 A.M.  6. Public Hearing on Order No. R1-2009-0038 to consider Categorical Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for discharges related to Timber Harvest Activities on Non-Federal Lands in the North Coast Region (James Burke) Note: See Action Calendar for location address

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To All, “The inconvenient truth about the impact of overfishing on the world’s oceans” — The Economist Fresh from its World Premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, THE END OF THE LINE is the first major documentary about the imminent peril facing the world’s oceans. Narrated by Ted Danson and based on the book […]

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ALERT: PRESERVATION RANCH: PUBLIC SCOPING, INITIAL STUDY PUBLIC NOTICE of the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) for “PRESERVATION” RANCH ACTION ALERT: PRESERVATION RANCH — NOTICE of Environmental Impact Report Public Scoping Sessions WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PRMD Hearing Room, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa. SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2009, 1:00 p.m. to […]

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Clean Water Restoration Act UPDATE On Thursday, April 2, 2009 Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin introduced the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 (S.787).  To read the text of this legislation go to the Library of Congress website and do a bill search for S.787: http://thomas.loc.gov/ Senator Barbara Boxer is an original co-sponsor of the […]

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Friends and Colleagues: As you may know Evergreen Pulp, Inc. purchased the old Samoa pulp mill and promised to upgrade and make the operations green.  Instead they ran the plant at as high a capacity as they could, violated their NPDES permit almost daily, then skipped town owing RWQCB a half a million dollars in […]

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Dear Clean Water Network Members and Others,   REMINDER:  ACT NOW to schedule meetings with your Senators and Representatives for the in-district work period of April 6-17 to talk with them about restoring the Clean Water Act. Setting up a meeting takes advance time, so it is best to get a request in as soon as […]

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Hi Earle I agree with you 100%. All I was doing was pointing out that the focus of the TPL study (done in partnership with AWWA) concerned water supply for humans. The points you make also lead to the conclusion that one cannot restore the Russian River simply by lowering flows, without restoring flow in […]

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Hello there, The public meeting I attended last week had a very light turnout (4 people).  It would be good for many more people to be familiar with this report and to provide feedback.  It lays the ground (so to speak) for much that will follow. Have a wonderful wet week, Rue ——  To Interested […]

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Friends and Colleagues: As you may know Evergreen Pulp, Inc. purchased the old Samoa pulp mill and promised to upgrade and make the operations green.  Instead they ran the plant at as high a capacity as they could, violated their NPDES permit almost daily, then skipped town owing RWQCB a half a million dollars in […]

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Speak Up for Clean Water in the  Russian River Watershed!! Impaired Waterways Workshop Join Russian Riverkeeper and the California Coastkeeper Alliance for a workshop on how to use the public comment process to effectively speak up for the health of your local waterways!   Monday, March 9th, 6:00pm @ the Environmental Center of Sonoma (Directions)  Every two years, by federal […]

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I remember them too. But, now these plumes last soooo much longer.  Any river will discharge sediment after a big rain event.  It is how fast they clean up. Alan This massive sedimentation is not a new problem.  I remember seeing huge, well defined plumes out at Jenner (looking down on Goat Rock from the […]

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Hi Everyone! This is a reminder that the Regional Board staff  will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 17th, at their offices at 5550 Skylane Blvd. at 6 PM on the 303(d) impaired water body list and 305(b) Water Quality Assessment. The comment period was opened recently and will remain open until March 20th. Call […]

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Please review – open to suggestions COAST ACTION GROUP P.O. BOX 215 POINT ARENA, CA 95468 January 21, 2009    Catherine Kuhlman:  Executive Officer North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board 5550 Skylane Blvd.  Ste. A Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Subject: Proposal to Amend the North Coast Basin Plan by Establishing  Exception Criteria to the […]

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Brock, You are so right on target.  I observed the effects of what you describe in the last flood as I watched water from vineyard agricultural operations drain off of tile drained bare land and flood Green Valley Road rather than be allowed to soak in and recharge the ground water at the top of […]

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Please review – open to suggestions COAST ACTION GROUP P.O. BOX 215 POINT ARENA, CA 95468 January 21, 2009    Catherine Kuhlman:  Executive Officer North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board 5550 Skylane Blvd.  Ste. A Santa Rosa, CA 95403 Subject: Proposal to Amend the North Coast Basin Plan by Establishing  Exception Criteria to the […]

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Friends of Clean Water: LETTERS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED!!!  ALSO, PLEASE SHARE THE FOLLOWING WITH PEOPLE ON YOUR EMAIL LISTS. RRWPC has serious concerns about part of the Basin Plan Amendment being proposed by the North Coast Regional Board.  Those concerns are listed in the sample letter attached to this email.  We encourage you to write […]

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To the Friends of Sheephouse Creek: I just talked with Wendy Snyder and the revised Ricioli NTMP is being considered as received today and will be logged in by CDF staff. First review meeting will be December 18 and the filing date is also December 18. The PHI could be between December 19-28 if mutually […]

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Larry: Working with DFG biologists and staff on projects is not worthless.  On CEQA based projects (including THPs and County Ord) getting good biologic opinion in the file  helps immensely. With DFG staff it is important to develop working relationships with field staff and then management. The management part is to assure field work does […]

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