To All, Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) Partnership call: The Dose Versus the Poison: “Low-Dose” Effects of Environmental Chemicals   Thursday July 21, 2012 at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern RSVP for this call Earlier this year, a landmark paper appeared titled Hormones and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Low-Dose Effects and Nonmonotonic Dose Responses, published […]

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To All, According to the California Pesticide Department (www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pur/purmain.htm ), in 2009 Sonoma County used 43,763 pounds of glyphosate and in 2010,  54,690 pounds in 2010, which is in line with national averages of increasing yearly amounts due to resistance from super weeds. Ag Commissioner Tony Linegar did support the use in some cases at our tech […]

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Janice Kaspersen,  Stormwater Editor Comments March 20, 2012 Nitrate pollution is getting a lot of attention in California. Even as other states—notably Florida—enact TMDLs for nutrients, California’s Central Coast Regional Water Quality Board recently adopted new rules for agriculture, requiring ag operations to reduce nitrate and pesticide pollution. Just before the new rules were announced, […]

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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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To All, Subject: [chescience] EHN/YaleEnviro360: Excellent summary of seminal Vandenberg/Colborn/Hayes/vomSaal/Myers paper on low-dose risks While this is centered on human health it is safe to assume there are similar impacts on the balance of the food chain. Who is looking? T Yarish Friends:  the paper reviewed here by Vandenberg et al is a truly critical […]

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By Elizabeth Grossman, Yale Environment 360 March 26, 2012 Since before the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring 50 years ago, scientists have known that certain synthetic chemicals can interfere with the hormones that regulate the body’s most vital systems. Evidence of the health impacts of so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals grew from the 1960s to the […]

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Dear Interested public: One of the objectives of the growing community with respect to changes to Vineyard and Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (VESCO) is to satisfy conditions of Reg’l Board’s Irrigated Lands waiver. Although the condition of our impaired water bodies and fisheries are the public’s business, the growers do not want the public […]

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I came across this interesting website–The Department of Terroir Security–that seems to focus on the rampant increase of vineyards/wineries everywhere and the environmental/social impacts.  Who are those guys? http://terroirsecurity.com/?p=595 Larry

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I thought you might be interested. Now there are blogs discussing western Sonoma County in the LA Times.  Have a glorious summer week, Rue ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2011/08/grapevines-or-redwoods.html Daily Dish The inside scoop on food in Los Angeles Grapevines or redwoods? Sonoma County may have to choose August 25, 2011 | 10:31 am The Pacific coast of […]

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Please join us on Wednesday, August 24th for a one hour discussion  with environmental biologist Dr. Frances Solomon. Dr. Solomon has more than 25 years of experience in state and local environmental agencies, focusing on the biological impacts of toxic water pollutants, pollution prevention and control, and cleanup of contaminated sites. Join this call to learn more about: […]

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Your chance to tour the Russian River County Sanitation District August 6. See attached. Stephen The Russian River County Sanitation District is hosting a public tour of its wastewater treatment plant on Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour is free and District ratepayers are encouraged to attend. Information presented on […]

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I thought I would share a letter sent to the Press Democrat who blatantly had a story blackout on a crucial issue for Sonoma County–clearcutting hundreds of acres of redwoods to put in more grapes for wine making while the rest of the state and country had the story covered.  Shameless. –Larry Dear Editor: Newspapers […]

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP PROPOSED TOXICITY STUDY Edmund G. Brown Jr. Governor STATEWIDE GENERAL NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PERMIT FOR RESIDUAL PESTICIDE DISCHARGES FROM AQUATIC ANIMAL INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL APPLICATIONS, SPRAY APPLICATIONS, VECTOR CONTROL, AND WEED CONTROL (COLLECTIVELY STATEWIDE GENERAL PESTICIDE PERMITS) Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Klamath Training Room […]

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This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board. On May 23 the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released an updated health advisory and safe eating guidelines for San Francisco Bay fish and shellfish. To view the associated press release, report, fact sheet with consumption recommendations, and answers to some Frequently […]

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Dear Partners for Clean Water, As partners in a statewide effort to secure protections for polluted waterways, we ask for your help in letting U.S. EPA know that Californians support strong federal leadership on reducing storm water pollution and restoring the health of polluted lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries and coastal waters. In November 2010, EPA […]

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Environmental groups have been working hard the past five years to stop the use of cancer-causing methyl iodide, called by scientists “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth.” Now, that work is beginning to pay off. The EPA is currently reconsidering its decision to keep methyl iodide on the market, despite intense pressure from […]

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Kistler Bodega Ranch Winery and Minor Timberland Conversion Zoning Permit SCH Number: 2010112021 Document Type: MND – Mitigated Negative Declaration Project Lead Agency: Sonoma County Project Description Request for 1) a Use permit for a new winery with a maximum annual production capacity of 7,500 cases to include a 18,870 square foot production/processing building with […]

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Corporate Agribusiness and America’s Waterways November 2010 Executive Summary Pollution from agribusiness is responsible for some of America’s most intractable water quality problems – including the “dead zones” in the Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico and Lake Erie, and the pollution of countless streams and lakes with nutrients, bacteria, sediment and pesticides. Farming is not […]

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Wed. 12/15/10 Season’s Greetings, Hope all are well and enjoying this festive season. Many of you already know that there were no surprises on Dec. 9th, and that the new date was set for: Thursday January 13th, 1:05pm at PRMD. Some new developments include: – Extensive boring, sampling, and testing followed by a 61 page […]

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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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Hi All, As I read the active ingredients in the spray,  where only the active ingredients and not the inert are noted, two spring up: malathion and glyphosate are deadly carcinogens. Do we know the area they are spraying as one document mentions for cotton which we don’t have here. Glyphosate has recently been in […]

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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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Salmon Forum September 21, 2010 Where: Sonoma County Farm Bureau Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am Proposed Agenda 1. Introductions 2. Trout Unlimited – Update on Implementation of AB 2121 3. CEMAR – Discussions on Efforts with RRPOA and in the West County 4. National Marine Fisheries Service – Update: Frost Protection and Irrigation Program […]

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We are pleased to be able reschedule the webinar “The Importance of a Stream’sPhysical Habitat Condition and How to Measure It” for August 5, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The webinar will be presented by James Harrington, Staff Environmental Scientist in Department of Fish and Game (DFG Water Pollution Control Laboratory). Healthy streams […]

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Here is the Order granting Petition For Writ of Mandate from Judge Boyd requiring an EIR for the Pelton House (Maacama Watershed Alliance vs. County of Sonoma and Jess Jackson).  Particularly noteworthy here is that every issue brought up by Maacama Watershed Alliance counsel Paul V. Carroll was decided against Sonoma County and Jess Jackson. […]

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Jeff Barnard, North County Times May 17, 2010 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it will impose restrictions on spraying three agricultural pesticides to keep them out of salmon streams after manufacturers refused to adopt the limits voluntarily. EPA will develop new rules for applying the chemicals diazinon, malathion and chlorpyrifos that will include […]

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