This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board. _________________________________ Announcement from the California Department of Public Health Drinking Water Program Interested Parties: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Drinking Water Program is required by Senate Bills X2 1 and 732 to establish new criteria for Proposition 84, Section 75025 funding.  This […]

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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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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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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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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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Hey Ya’ll, I never heard if this movie ever aired on PBS around here or not?  Here is a link to the trailer. DVD is available for purchase at $24.95. I may buy it?? Anyone else pondering it? Brock http://liquidassets.psu.edu/ Liquid Assets is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation […]

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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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Hi Alan,   Actually, the new Draft 2008 List is not available yet.  It will be available on or before February 2, 2009.  The notice went out today in order to give 30-days notice on the workshops in mid-February, and it made sense to include all the other dates for this project at the same […]

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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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Hi everyone!   I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year.  May it be filled with many  blessings including good health, prosperity, and love.  Last night I counted my blessings over the last year and realized it was one  of the best years of my life, at least in terms of the […]

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Hello everyone! We’d like to start out by saying we are really excited to share the results of the first study for our new Lower Russian River watershed monitoring and outreach program! As we all know our County’s drinking water comes from this watershed basin, and in fact many Marin residents get their water from […]

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Steve Adler December 24, 2008 January The state Air Resources Board proposed sweeping changes that would impact about 400,000 instate, on-road diesel vehicles and about 1.2 million vehicles from out of state. March Gov. Schwarzenegger introduced his water plan for California that included conservation, protection of delta levees, study of delta water conveyance and three […]

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The NPS Encyclopedia is a free on line reference guide designed to facilitate a basic understanding of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control and to provide quick access to essential information from a variety of sources by providing direct hyperlinks to resources available on the World Wide Web (www.). References pertaining to hyperlinks can be accessed […]

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UC Davis, 12/8/08 Striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary are contaminated before birth with a toxic mix of pesticides, industrial chemicals and flame retardants that their mothers acquire from estuary waters and food sources and pass on to their eggs, say UC Davis researchers. Using new analytical techniques, the researchers found that offspring of […]

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Press Democrat 11/08 Farms and orchards that continue to use three pesticides that harm salmon will have to greatly expand buffer zones around their fields so the chemicals don’t reach streams, federal biologists ruled Tuesday. Acting under terms of a lawsuit brought by anti-pesticide groups and salmon fishermen, NOAA Fisheries Service issued findings under the […]

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For the full story – please visit my web site – there are several articles on this subject – you can go to the ENVIRONMENT category for the full collection. And please pass along this information so we can get many people attending these important meetings! Thank you! http://www.westcountygazette.com/blog/2008/11/sonoma-county-water-meetings-biological.html We have a lot of meetings […]

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Hi everyone: I would like to announce that yesterday Russian River Watershed Protection Committee filed an appeal with the City of Santa Rosa to have the City Council hear our concerns about the BPU’s Certification of the FEIR on the Discharge Compliance Project.  We don’t know when this will be scheduled, but will let people […]

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Incremental Recycled Water Program (IRWP) Update October 6, 2008 Information about the Seasonal Storage Project (SSP) and the availability of the Final EIR follows below. The SSP Final EIR is available for review, today, October 6. Available online at www.SRCity.org/SeasonalStorage under Studies & Reports. The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) meeting at which certification will […]

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Minute quantities of everyday contaminants in our drinking supply could add up to big trouble. Anne Underwood, Newsweek Web Exclusive The common white sucker is nobody’s favorite fish. It’s a bottom feeder that trout fishermen in Colorado happily toss back into the water. But it’s also what scientists call a sentinel—a species whose health (or […]

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The War Between Public Health and Private Interests By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS Published: September 12, 2008 A documentary and a three-alarm warning, “Flow” dives into our planet’s most essential resource — and third-largest industry — to find pollution, scarcity, human suffering and corporate profit. And that’s just in the United States. More About This Movie Yet […]

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National Marine Fisheries Services to review effects of pesticides on salmon and steelhead The National Marine Fisheries Services will review the effects of 37 pesticides on salmon and steelhead under a lawsuit settlement with environmental and fishing groups. By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter The National Marine Fisheries Services will review the effects of […]

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By JEFF BARNARD The Associated Press August 14, 2008 GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Three pesticides commonly used on farms and orchards throughout the West are jeopardizing the survival of Pacific salmon, the federal agency in charge of saving the fish from extinction has found. Under the settlement of a lawsuit brought by anti-pesticide groups and […]

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July 3rd, 2008 Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)—in a study funded by the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)—investigated the presence of select pesticides and their degradation products in ground water. Degradation products are the chemicals that remain after a pesticide breaks down chemically. Groundwater—quite, simply water that comes from the ground—is […]

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The scientific community – Prescription drugs are wreaking havoc on the environment and a solution to this problem must be found Plato – “Necessity is the Mother of invention” Swedish researchers – Eureka! We may have found a solution! ACS Publications – June 2008 A new screening technique from researchers in Sweden compares genomes from […]

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Hello, SRF has two exciting events this summer: the 3rd Annual Spring-run Chinook Symposium and the 11th Annual Coho Confab. I have pasted our event announcements below. Please feel free – even encouraged! – to share these PSAs with your co-workers, constituents, list-serves, Events calendars, or other organizations you think might find these events useful […]

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Agencies participating in the current and anticipated aerial spraying of chemicals to get rid of the light brown apple moth over eleven California Counties were placed on Notice Monday that such activities will affect the nation’s waters thereby requiring oversight by regulatory agencies whose duty it is to protect the nation’s waters from pollution. Bob […]

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To All, –Larry 2008 NAPA COUNTY WATERSHED SYMPOSIUM May 22, 2008 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, check-in begins at 8:30 COPIA Napa, CA Hear about issues facing Napa County’s watershed in the past, present, and future! The symposium will feature: 4 presentations about Napa County’s fascinating past, more than 30 local watershed organizations presenting their […]

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