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Key hearing for water project starts this week By Alex Breitler Record Staff Writer Posted Jul. 23, 2016 at 5:11 PM When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels, amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon there will be a simple, […]

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Please visit the 2016 National Monitoring Conference Website to view the draft conference agenda.  The Conference-at-a-Glance and Concurrent Session Details, including speaker names and presentation titles, are available on the Agenda page  for planning and registration purposes.  This national forum is designed for all water stakeholders, including federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, […]

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February 19, 2016 by Sonoma Valley Sun A Sun exclusive by By Will Parrish For at least two decades, Sonoma County officials have sided with the wine industry in nearly every major political dispute. The reason? The industry dominates the county’s economy – and financially dominates county election campaigns. Last spring, Sonoma County supervisors Efren […]

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Please visit the 2016 National Monitoring Conference Website to view the draft conference agenda.  The Conference-at-a-Glance and Concurrent Session Details, including speaker names and presentation titles, are available on the Agenda page  for planning and registration purposes.  This national forum is designed for all water stakeholders, including federal, state, tribal and local water professionals, non-profits, […]

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The State Water Resources Control Board today adopted regulations requiring all surface water right holders and claimants to report their diversions. Those who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year must also measure their diversions. The regulations, which apply to about 12,000 water right holders and claimants, require annual reporting of water diversions. […]

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At its February 16, 2016 board meeting, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will consider adopting the attached draft resolution pertaining to the human right to water, as established by Water Code section106.3, subdivision (a). On September 25, 2012, the California Legislature adopted Assembly Bill 685, which added section 106.3 to the […]

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This searchable database contains an extensive compendium of numeric water quality thresholds from the literature for over 860 chemical constituents and water quality parameters. Included are: California and Federal Drinking Water Standards (MCLs) California Public Health Goals (PHGs) California State Notification and Response Levels for Drinking Water Health Advisories, Water Quality Advisories, and Drinking Water […]

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Learn about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in Sonoma County Three public workshops will be held to review the new law, why it’s needed, how it affects Sonoma County, and to discuss the formation of local Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. There will be time to ask questions and provide input. PETALUMA VALLEY GROUNDWATER BASIN WORKSHOP Monday, […]

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To All, WOW! This could prove to be beneficial for efforts to improve flows. Chris The purpose of this message is to provide information about a new water measurement law which will affect water right holders and diverters who divert more than 10 acre-feet of water per year.   The law includes a new reporting requirement […]

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Following is Dr. Laura Morgan’s “Vineyard Infection” letter on the possible coastal invasion by more vineyards, published in today’s PD, as well as my response. The link to read the letters and respond also follows. Let’s keep the pressure on. Since some of you were also at the Timber Cove workshop, this letter opens a […]

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Following is a press alert sent this morning to 100 journalists. It announces Wine and Water Watch’s (www.WineWaterWatch.org) 3 actions this weekend, starting Fri. at 11 a.m. in the Sebastopol plaza gazebo, Fri. late afternoon/eve at the Occidental Farmers Market, and Sun. at the Sebastopol Farmers Market around noon. Please forward this information widely to […]

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July 31, 2015 · Will Parrish The AVA California’s slow-mo adoption of groundwater regulations is prompting all sorts of legal maneuvers by the state’s irrigation elite, who are striving for the fewest restrictions on their pumps possible. In the Russian River watershed, from where I write this dispatch, arguably the irrigation elite’s elitist elites are […]

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Environmentalists are mobilizing in protest of a would-be bill backed by the local wine industry that would create an irrigation district intended to protect the water rights of about 1,000 grape growers in the Russian River region. Noting that Sonoma County is facing “urgent water supply” problems unique to the Russian River watershed, the legislation […]

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I began sending out my article on the founding of the Wine and Water Watch (WWW) group yesterday. It has already been published in at least the following places, which include India and Virginia. It will likely be published elsewhere in the next few days. If you google the words “wine and water watch” with […]

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August 19, 2015 Maven Maven note:  Headline is the one issued with the press release. It should perhaps more properly be: “Groundwater Subsidence Causing Valley Land to Sink” From the Department of Water Resources: As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA […]

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August 19, 2015, Maven Urban areas in best shape; Farmers adapting but vulnerable If the California drought continues another two to three years, the state will face increasingly acute challenges in two areas: water supply in some low-income rural communities, where wells are running dry; and ecosystems, where the state’s iconic biodiversity is under severe […]

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To All, There is a public hearing on a Sonoma County well ordinance that has important ramifications on new well development that will impact water availability. Permit and Resource Management (PRMD), 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa CA July 21  2:00 p.m.  Item 74- Conduct a Public Hearing and Adopt a Resolution – Adopt a Resolution, […]

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United States House of Representatives Washington DC 20515 July 13, 2015 Dear Members of Congress: The undersigned conservation and recreation organizations, outdoor businesses, and Native American Tribes urge you to reject Rep. Valadao’s H.R. 2898. Under the guise of water and food “security,” H.R. 2898 proposes to maximize water exports, and weaken regulations protecting threatened […]

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Fenit Nirappil and Scott Smith, Associated Press Jun. 12, 2015 As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country’s prime farm regions. The order involving record cuts by […]

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U.S. Special Counsel Directs Interior to Justify Legality and Purpose of Payments Washington, DC — Backing charges by whistleblowers, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel is ordering the Secretary of Interior to explain how funds earmarked to help drought-stressed Klamath Basin fish populations instead ended up in the hands of irrigators, according to a letter […]

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To All, There are many facets that must be considered if  were are to find solution(s) to our water supply and drought issues. Of course, bottom line, we all must conserve.  That means every person, business, or industry. Agriculture is not living up to their responsibility in the area of conservation.  Agriculture, via the California […]

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By JENNIFER MEDINA, JUNE 12, 2015 LOS ANGELES — Farmers with rights to California water dating back more than a century will face sharp cutbacks, the first reduction in their water use since 1977, state officials announced Friday. The officials said that rights dating to 1903 would be restricted, and that such restrictions would grow as […]

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By Ryan Sabalow rsabalow@sacbee.com After more than six decades of secrecy, the reports that water well drillers file with the state are set to become public under a bill signed into law this week. But because of privacy concerns, it’s still not clear whether the public will get to see the precise locations of the […]

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And it’s going to cost taxpayers big time. Nathan Halverson Jun. 10, 2015 This story was originally published by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. California is sinking—and fast. While the state’s drought-induced sinking is well known, new details highlight just how severe it has become and how little […]

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Various people challenging the Wine Empire have described it as an extractive industry. It uses a lot of water and land in industrializing, urbanizing, and commercializing ways. Most of its benefits leave the North Coast into the hands of investors, increasingly from China and elsewhere. Most of the costs are paid by locals, especially those […]

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