This Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program white paper was released in July of this year and provides a legal analysis of barriers to adaptation for California’s water sector: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/files/ccelp/CEC.pdf ABSTRACT This project focused on the legal and institutional framework associated with California’s water rights allocation system, and identifies changes to that framework that would […]

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Peter H. Gleick, Pacific Institute Dear Mr. President, Congratulations on winning approval from the American people to serve as leader of the United States for the next four years. We know you have a lot on your plate. But among the issues that deserve prompt attention from you and senior members of your administration is […]

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Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center March 22, 2012 Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year—threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal, March 22, 2012 San Pablo Bay receives the highest volume of toxic discharges in the state, according to a report issued Thursday. The report, titled “Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act,” was issued by Los Angeles-based Environment California, which analyzed U.S. Environmental […]

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(Try not to be discouraged please… please try to do a little bit more to help if you can manage it for Climate Resiliency or Recovery… I think we all find it hard at times… I certainly do. Courage… Let me know if I can be helpful please). Roni Thank you to Fred Krueger for […]

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To All, This email is being sent on behalf of Catherine Kuhlman, Executive Officer of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board).  Regional Water Board staff is developing a Water Quality Compliance Program for Discharges from Irrigated Lands in the North Coast Region (Program).  More information on the Program is available online […]

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Hi Alan: I’m writing to personally urge you join the Environmental Water Caucus’ detailed comments to the fifth draft of their Delta Plan.  This Plan, mandated by the State Legislature, will affect virtually every citizen and largely shape the water landscape in California for decades to come.  It will guide the path to restoring one […]

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Today, the U.S. EPA, along with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and other Federal agencies, will make an important announcement on Protecting of America’s Waters – one of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s seven priorities. You are invited to participate in a briefing and conference call to discuss this announcement. What: U.S. EPA announcement on […]

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Greetings, This email is to inform you on the status of the Elk River Sediment TMDL being developed by staff of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Regional Water Board staff has released the preliminary review draft of the Elk River TMDL Sediment Source Analysis for the Upper Elk River (Chapter 3 of […]

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Colleagues, Attached are a final ruling on our Scott/Shasta Rivers ITP lawsuit and a press release about the ruling. Please circulate as you see fit and let me know if you have any questions. We have a lot of work to do still in the Scott and Shasta Rivers of Northern California, but this judgement […]

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Hi folks, Hope you’re not tired of hearing from me, but when I make a new song I figure it’s worth sending out to everybody… This one is an evil practice known as hydraulic fracturing, which is ruining lives, land and water (not to mention a lot of private property) throughout the US and Canada, […]

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a Double Threat Analysis reveals widespread, hidden contamination by the sometimes lethal parasites Amoebas – blob-shaped microbes linked to several deadly diseases – contaminate drinking-water systems around the world, according to a new analysis. The study finds that amoebas are appearing often enough in water supplies and even in treated tap water to be considered […]

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To All, “DELTA WATERMASTER SAYS INEFFICIENT WATER USE IS UNREASONABLE WATER USE” On Wednesday Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson presented a report to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) suggesting it should flex its power to enforce California’s Reasonable Use Doctrine more broadly across the state. Wilson specifically referenced a clause in the doctrine which […]

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Hey Pro-Beaver = Pro-Salmon folks in CA, For those of you wishing to help bring back the beaver into a fully participatory role in our watershed health and salmonid recovery efforts – this conference looks really cool. Bring Back the Beaver – Good for Fish – Good for Birds – Good for Water – Good […]

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California’s fall salmon run has declined 97% since 2002, according to a front page article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle reporting on the “Salmon Summit” happening today in Half Moon Bay. Meanwhile the Sonoma County wine industry complains about the State Water Control Board’s proposed regulations to protect the salmon and pressures the Board of […]

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Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Basin Planning Workshop November 17 About the Workshop The Sierra Club, Sonoma County Water Coalition and League of Women Voters are sponsoring a workshop to inform interested parties about groundwater planning currently under consideration. Workshop Date and Location The workshop will be held on November 17, 2010, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. located […]

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At 2:30 there will be a study session addressing the preparation of the Urban Water Management Plan, a state-required document that includes demand projections. How much water will Santa Rosa officially request for future growth? This will take place in the SR City Council Chambers on Tues. Nov. 9th. Brenda

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Earthy or musty odors, along with visual evidence of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, may serve as a warning that harmful cyanotoxins are present in lakes or reservoirs. In a newly published USGS study of cyanobacterial blooms in Midwest lakes, taste-and-odor compounds were found almost every time cyanotoxins were found, indicating odor may serve […]

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Good afternoon, Three scoping meetings have been scheduled to obtain public comment on the proposed project and subjects that should be evaluated in the draft EIR on Russian River Fish Flows: · Thursday, November 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio · Monday, November 8th, 6:00 p.m. […]

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The RB is already working on it – and a Dairy WDR and Waiver too. Hi all,I have heard it said for many years by a number of folks, including staff with the NCRWQCB, that after the Klamath TMDL is done, the Russian TMDL is next. Anyone have the latest heads up on this reality […]

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The Riverfest is right around the corner and we hope to see many of you there. We’ll gather on the banks of the River at Burke’s Canoe Trips on Saturday, September 25th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for our annual fun fest. Come enjoy a great gourmet dinner, organic wine & beer tasting & local musicians as […]

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RUSSIAN RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Member Agencies: Cities of Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Windsor, County of Sonoma, SCWA. September 23^rd , 2010, 9:00 AM Windsor Town Council Chambers 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor, CA 95492 AGENDA 1. *Call to Order and Introductions* 2. *Approval of the […]

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Tuesday at the BOS: SPECIAL DISTRICTS REGULAR CALENDARSONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY23. Water Supply Strategies Action Plana. Consider staff presentation and public input on the draft Water Supply Strategies Action Planb. Approve the Water Supply Strategies and direct the General Manager to complete the Water Supply Strategies Action Plan, incorporating any changes requested by the Board. Also […]

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Hi, my name is Matt Turner.  I’m running for the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Board of Directors.  EBMUD is planning on raising Pardee Reservoir on the Mokelumne River.  This would flood several miles of Wild and Scenic eligible river.  Many other environmental organizations are opposed to this, the Foothill Conservancy, Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch, […]

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SWRCB_09072010_BoardMeetingAgenda Attached is the agenda for the State Water Resources Control Board September 7, 2010 Board Meeting. At this meeting the State Water Resources Control Board will consider a proposed Resolution approving amendments to the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) to establish: (1) site specific water quality objectives for […]

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Please call Assemblymembers Wes Chesbro and Noreen Evans and ask them to support Senate Bill 565 by Senator Fran Pavley on the Assembly floor this week. SB 565 would:• Provide the State Water Resources Control Board with adequate authority to investigate and stop unlawful diversions of water; • Modernize the penalties for unlawful use and […]

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The Water Plan team will be holding a meeting of the Statewide Water Analysis Network (SWAN) on Aug.19 when it will present a technical proposal for quantifying and evaluating water management responses for Update 2013. SWAN serves as the technical advisory group for the Water Plan. August 19, 2010, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Statewide […]

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