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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Clean Water Friends: This is a wonderful first step and one that has been requested for at least 15 years now.  Unfortunately, they don’t include study of estrogens and other hormones, which may be the most critically important substances to study.  That will happen down the road, but at least we are now on the […]

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Thanks to whoever sent out the article on the myth being created by agribusiness, media, and politicians to the effect that supplying water to Westlands Water District is important for feeding the nation.  (Was it Brock?) Sen. Feinstein needs to receive a lot of letters protesting her position on Westlands, and western water subsidies in […]

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By Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post , January 4, 2010 Of the 84,000 chemicals in commercial use in the United States — from flame retardants in furniture to household cleaners — nearly 20 percent are secret, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, their names and physical properties guarded from consumers and virtually all public officials under […]

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Exposure to common pesticides may hinder the growth and survival of ESA-listed salmon Biologists determined that short-term, seasonal exposure to pesticides in rivers and basins may limit the growth and size of wild salmon populations. In addition to the widespread deterioration of salmon habitats, these findings suggest that exposure to commonly used pesticides may further […]

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To All, Looking through the permit applications at PRMD since last June, here are new winery/vineyard permits. Will these all sail through the PRMD process (BZA, Planning Commission, BOS) without real consideration of water (drought, future water needs, conservation, etc.), wine glut, economical diversity, wildlife areas and wildlife corridors, intrusions upon the impacts and character […]

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Hi everyone! On October 1st, sometime after 8:30 (probably 9 AM) the North Coast Regional Board will consider final approval of the MS4 Storm Water and Non-Storm Water Discharge Permit for SCWA and Santa Rosa at their office at 5550 Skylane Blvd. In general, this is a good permit in terms of addressing storm water […]

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To All, On 11 September 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will be placing additional limitations on three types of organophosphate pesticides in order to protect Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmon and steelhead in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.  The pesticides chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are know to impair the olfactory senses […]

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August 21, 2009Matt St. John                                                                        North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board                                  5550 Skyline Blvd, Suite ASanta Rosa, CA  95403Email to: MStJohn@waterboards.ca.gov Subject: Comments on the Klamath Mainstem TMDL Water Quality Restoration PlanGeneral Comments We are  pleased with and fully supportive of Staff’s efforts in these Draft Water Quality Restoration Plan (“Implementation Plan”) provisions as well as in […]

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I have watched the changes in agriculture from apples and timber to grapes over the years. I have also watched the increase in local flash flooding events in Atascadero Creek and other areas in the county. Vineyards are the obvious culprit responsible for the flash flooding, hot dry creek beds, and the loss of endangered […]

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To All, Is there a unified policy on the flows and frost protection issue?  NO. I have almost one mile of MWC (Mark West Creek) running through my property where I have lived for over 40 years and am in the timber business.   About 5 or  6 years ago, I noticed a significant loss of summertime […]

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The Senate Must Protect Our Drinking Water Recent Supreme Court rulings have narrowed the scope of protections of the Clean Water Act, putting the drinking water of millions of Americans at risk for contamination. But the Senate has an opportunity to restore the original protections of the Clean Water Act by supporting the Clean Water […]

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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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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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Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 114, Supplement 1, April 2006 Tyrone B. Hayes, Paola Case, Sarah Chui, Duc Chung, Cathryn Haeffele, Kelly Haston, Melissa Lee, Vien Phoung Mai, Youssra Marjuoa, John Parker, and Mable Tsui Laboratory for Integrative Studies in Amphibian Biology, Department of Integrative Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Group in Endocrinology, and Energy and […]

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Hi Everyone – Just wanted to let you know that by a straight  party line vote (12 Democrats to 7 Republicans) the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Clean Water Restoration Act on to the full Senate. Senator Barbara Boxer deserves full credit and a ton of congratulations for getting this passed. Even […]

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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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Very bad news from HR.  Vancomycin is the only antibiotic that currently works vs MRSA. Jane   Vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) in Swedish sewage sludge 28.may.09 BioMed Central Graeme Baldwin http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-05/bc-arb052709.php Vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) have been found in sewage sludge, a by-product of waste-water treatment frequently used as a fertilizer. Researchers writing in the […]

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FYI, Northcoast Water Board public meeting on CWA Impaired Water Bodies 303(d) and Russian River First Flush Meeting Announcement – Agenda 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2009 8:30 a.m.,  2. Public Hearing on Resolution No. R1-2009-0047 to consider whether to affirm, reject, or modify the Clean Water Act Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters section […]

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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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FYI, S. 787, The Clean Water Restoration Act, was introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) on April 2nd. The Clean Water Act was passed in order to restore the chemical, physical and biological integrity of our nation’s waters. This cannot be done if a host of our streams and many of our wetlands lack federal […]

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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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I received a notice in the mail for- Public Scoping Meetings for Preparation of a Draft EIR These meetings are for an application received by Sonoma County PRMD to  convert 1,681 acres of timberland to vineyard on a 19,300 acre ranch,  residential development and lots of roads referred to as Preservation  Ranch located just east […]

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