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November 2012 On November 13, 2012, the California Roundtable on Water and Food Supply released its latest report, From Storage to Retention: Expanding California’s Options for Meeting Its Water Needs. The report builds on earlier work focused on agricultural water stewardship, and argues for an expansion of approaches to storing water that increase supply reliability […]

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April 4, 2013 WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released a report to Congress on the progress of the National Water Census, which is being developed at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help the nation address its critical water needs. “This update to the National Water Census—the first since 1978—will […]

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Streamflow Depletion by Wells—Understanding and Managing the Effects of Groundwater Pumping on Streamflow By Paul M. Barlow and Stanley A. Leake Introduction Groundwater is an important source of water for many human needs, including public supply, agriculture, and industry. With the development of any natural resource, however, adverse consequences may be associated with its use. […]

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Hello Anti-Degradation Coalition – Quite some time ago, the Environmental Law Foundation drafted a Petition to the State Water Board on behalf of this Coalition. We asked the Board to adopt formal procedures to implement the state and federal Anti-Degradation Policy. (I attached the Petition, dated July 2007) While the State Water Board has done […]

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New Report From Feds Backs More Natural Gas ExportsSaturday, 08 December 2012 09:21 By Mary Bottari, PRWatch | Report How times have changed. Ten years ago the United States was looking at importing natural gas via massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, yet to be built. Now the country appears to be getting ready to […]

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Brian Bienkowski, Staff Writer Environmental Health News, Dec. 13, 2012 Spurred by mounting scientific evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a new effort to examine whether low doses of hormone-mimicking chemicals are harming human health and whether chemical testing should be overhauled. (Handling receipts is one way people are exposed to the endocrine […]

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Brussels, 23 January 2013 — The European Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Health and Food Safety has voted a draft Resolution today sending a clear message to the Commission that prompt action is needed to protect public health from endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The draft resolution says that measures to reduce public exposure to EDCs are a […]

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The energy industry’s growing interest in a controversial extraction technique has growers worried about water problems and other environmental concerns. Matt Kettmann, January 7, 2013 In several appellations on California’s Central Coast, winemakers tout the benefits of growing vines on soils rich with decomposing shale, which allows for good drainage and deep root penetration. Now […]

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Rachel Morgan, Times Online January 28, 2013 Its contents remain mostly a mystery. But fracking wastewater has revealed one of its secrets: It can be highly radioactive. And yet no agency really regulates its handling, transport or disposal. First of a four-part series on radiation in fracking wastewater. Andy Moyer hasn’t been able to work […]

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Having too much fluoride in the body can lead to a number of serious health conditions including reduced IQ, hastened development of cancer, and enhanced oxidative stress. Recent research indicates that the trace mineral selenium may be effective in minimizing the toxic effects of fluoride and even ushering it out of the body while improving […]

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NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire Because fluoride can disproportionately harm poor citizens and black families, Atlanta civil rights leaders, Andrew Young and Dr. Gerald Durley, have asked Georgia legislators to repeal the state’s mandatory water fluoridation law, reports Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Andrew Young , former U.N. Ambassador and former Atlanta Mayor, along with […]

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Sunday, December 16, 2012 Columbia is joining a long list of U.S. cities taking another look at the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to public drinking water. It’s a debate that has resurfaced from time to time across the country over the past several decades. In recent years, the practice has come under fresh scrutiny […]

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Mayo Clinic  (Drug Information provided by: Micromedex) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR601265 Fluoride has been found to be helpful in reducing the number of cavities in the teeth. It is usually present naturally in drinking water. However, some areas of the country do not have a high enough level in the water to prevent cavities. To make up for […]

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Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica, Dec. 11, 2012 Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer […]

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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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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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We know fracking has environmental and health damages, but there are other terrifying consequences. October 20, 2012 What comes to mind when you think of fracking? Perhaps it’s images of tap water being lit on fire or stories of families suffering health problems after nearby wells are fracked. Indeed, the health and environmental impacts of […]

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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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By David Franklin The conventional wine industry has poisoned our rivers, wiped out wild species, reshaped mountains, caused wells to run dry, peppered our ag lands with chemicals that are poisoning us and our children and are now getting ready to hack down our forests for profit while the planet roasts from deforestation and climate […]

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Dan Okenfuss, September 25, 2012 California’s fish and wildlife will get stronger protections, thanks to Governor Jerry Brown’s signature today on two bills authored by Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael). Assembly Bill 1961, the Coho Salmon Habitat Enhancement Leading to Preservation Act, protects coho salmon that have virtually disappeared in some areas of California and […]

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GLENDA ANDERSON & CATHY BUSSEWITZ THE PRESS DEMOCRAT September 26, 2012 A Mendocino County judge on Wednesday overturned controversial state water rules designed to regulate how grape growers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties divert water from the Russian River. Judge Ann Moorman of the Superior Court of Mendocino County declared the law to be “constitutionally […]

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Ukiah Daily Journal Staff September 9, 2012 Ukiah Daily Journal Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Ann Moorman ruled in favor of a group of local landowners who sued the California State Water Resources Control Board over new regulations affecting Russian River water used for frost protection in local vineyards. Moorman said that she agreed with […]

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By JASON HOPPIN – Santa Cruz Sentinel September 5, 2012 SCOTTS VALLEY – More than 2,000 pages and three volumes, a federal plan to rescue the endangered Central Coast Coho salmon from the brink of oblivion is laid out in staggering specificity. Meeting in Scotts Valley, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on […]

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