To All, Hi, So we know the copious amounts of methane being released, the carcinogenic chemicals that are being used and the enormous amounts of water being destroyed (that we need for agriculture) and now farcking waste is being shown to be radioactive and some is going to treatment plants that can’t take the radioactivity […]

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE RECYCLED WATER POLICY CONCERNING MONITORING REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSTITUENTS OF EMERGING CONCERN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is holding a hearing to consider the adoption of a proposed amendment to the Recycled Water Policy. The […]

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By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff NEWPORT — For 25 years, Jim Mullowney worked to protect company employees from the dangers of industrial chemicals. When his mother was stricken with cancer, he quickly realized chemotherapy chemicals are much nastier, and that they are being unleashed in homes and on the environment largely unnoticed. “We send people […]

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To All, Summary/Discussion of Decision Implications of Appellate Court Anti-Degradation Ruling  This decision was on based on a Central Valley Dairy WDR (Waste Discharge Order – allowing the discharge of waste that could degrade water quality) which was challenged by environmental groups claiming the order did not follow anti-deg regs. The State argued that the […]

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Greetings, The customers of the Sonoma County Water Agency, and cities who contract with them, need to address the Board of Supervisors 11/13/12 at 2pm before a known toxin is allowed to be added to our water supply. Fluoride is not good for human health, pets, or wildlife. This is yet another harmful element which […]

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You’ve seen this?  I know Jay Lund.  He presented in one of my conferences on water some years ago.  Rue Center for Watershed Sciences • University of California, Davis Groundwater Nitrate Project, Implementation of Senate Bill X2 1 Prepared for California State Water Resources Control Board • March 2012 Prepared by: Thomas Harter and Jay […]

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April 12, 2012 The fluorescent fish has shown that oestrogenic chemicals, which are already linked to reproductive problems, impact on more parts of the body than previously thought. The research by the University of Exeter and UCL (University College London) is published today (April 18, 2012) in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Numerous studies have linked ‘endocrine-disrupting’ chemicals, […]

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To All, Here is an announcement for an important workshop opportunity: WISE WATER MANAGEMENT (August ~ A Stormwater and Roofwater Catchment Workshop Offered: Sunday, August 5, 2012 Time: Begins at 10 am and ends at 1 pm Instructor: Brock Dolman Cost: $35 (no meal served) This 3 hour site tour of our Conservation Hydrology Demonstration […]

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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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ScienceDaily (June 5, 2012) – Wastewater from large dairy farms contains significant concentrations of estrogenic hormones that can persist for months or even years, researchers report in a new study. In the absence of oxygen, the estrogens rapidly convert from one form to another; this stalls their biodegradation and complicates efforts to detect them, the […]

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Just about all of these concerns can be addressed if toxicology moved toward a nonanimal approach. The method of using animals originated in the 1930-60 and is completely outdated today. The blueprint for development and implementation of alternatives is the National Research Council report, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy […]

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By J. Jeana, b, Y. Perrodina, C. Pivotc, D. Trepod, M. Perraude, J. Droguetf, F. Tissot-Guerrazg, F. Locherb Journal of Environmental Management Volume 103, July 30, 2012, Pages 113–121 Abstract The consumption of pharmaceuticals and their excretion in wastewater is a continuous source of pollution for aquatic ecosystems. In certain cases these compounds are found […]

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Clean Water Friends: Proposed legislation has evolved from the State’s Recycled Water Policy.  It  basically takes away the authority of the Departments of Public Health and the State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards to regulate the irrigation and recharge use of reclaimed wastewater.  It aims to allow discharge into the drinking water supply, including […]

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Tour Dates:  April 14th, May 19th, September 8th, and October 13th. The Sonoma County Water Agency invites the public to attend a free half day tour of the Russian River water supply system. The tours will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Tour participants will visit facilities that divert, pump and treat the water […]

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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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Friends: First, I thought you might be interested in this announcement below.  Normally at this time of year, the Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of dam releases. Because this has been a dry year so far, they are playing it safe by keeping more water in the reservoirs for the time being.   […]

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ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2012) — A new study finds that low concentrations of the chemical methylisothiazolinone has subtle but measurable negative effects on the neural development of tadpoles. The chemical is found in some cosmetics, although the study does not provide any evidence that cosmetics are unsafe for humans. Scientists, health officials, and manufacturers already […]

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In a 2004-2009 study, USGS scientists found that pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals to the environment. Effluents from two wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) that receive discharge from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities (PMFs) had 10 to 1000 times higher concentrations of pharmaceuticals than effluents from 24 WWTPs across the nation that do […]

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To All, Sewage effluent testing has shown high levels of estrogen and other pharmaceuticals that are likely to interfere with the reproductive cycle – and provide larger breasts for guys (as well as slower running and biking capabilities). Sewage sludge has other issues – especially if handled improperly, A way to beat up your sludge […]

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To All, Pesticides in our waters, often overlooked, are a significant threat to wildlife and human health. Right now chemical and agribusiness lobbyists are trying to persuade Congress to gut the Clean Water Act and allow unregulated pesticide application. You can help turn back this toxic tide. Industry lobbyists are pushing a radical revision of our […]

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Summary of Online Stormwater Resources A summary of available online stormwater resources which may be of interest to Citizen Monitors and Watershed Stewards.  Agency Programs…BMP’s…Monitoring…Videos…Other… Agency Programs: EPA Stormwater Program Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As […]

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North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board ANNOUNCEMENTS The next Regional Board meeting will be 11/03/2011 Policy For Implementation of the Water Quality Objective for Temperature Public Comments on the Policy for Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration CEQA Scoping Document due November 8, 2011 Citizen’s Guide to Working with the California Water Boards Waiver of Waste Discharge […]

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CHE Alaska call: Toxic Chemicals that Disrupt Hormones: Impacts on Fish and People August 24, 2011 at 9:00 am Alaska / 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern RSVP: To join this free call and receive the dial-up instructions, please RSVP to Alaska Community Action on Toxics atdiana@akaction.org or (907) 222-7714. Description: A one hour discussion […]

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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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