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Published: Jan. 20, 2009 It’s not news that salmon populations have declined drastically. Last year, regulators voted to ban all salmon fishing along the Pacific coast of California and Oregon. Their actions wiped out the livelihoods of thousands of commercial fishermen, fish processors and charter boat operators. The threat facing salmon is so dire that […]

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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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Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer November 11, 2008 The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court against the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Syar Industries, charges that the Napa gravel company is threatening the county’s most valuable natural resource – its groundwater. Gravel mining also removes from use valuable streamside farmland, the suit […]

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The effort in the Garcia has a lot of history. John Hooper summarizes – below. I worked on FrOGs Board and with CAG. CAG did the TMDL litigation and has continued with water issues that the somewhat retired FrOGgies are just learning about. The process goes on – as it never ends. Some day I […]

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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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Please join Don McEnhill, the Riverkeeper and the Riverkeeper Park volunteers for dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the Rainbow Cattle Company. Dinner is provided by the volunteers. Donations are welcome. The donations, a portion of the bar proceeds and all the “model train” money goes directly to support the Park. To learn more about […]

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Marc Bautista, SCWA Please find attached Word .doc file containing my comments re NBWRA DEIR. Please let me know if there are any problems with the receipt of this document by the end of the public comment date. Just as an added comment, I am of the opinion that events and conditions are changing at […]

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Want Fish? The State Water Resources Control Board next workshops on maintaining instream flows, draft policies for implementing AB2121 are here. Do not let this SWRCB public workshop on minimum instream flow draft policies (AB2121) be dominated by a massive turnout by the Farm Bureau, large water sellers, and Real Estate developers, as in the […]

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FYI, Mining moonscape EDITOR: It’s wonderful to see The Press Democrat editorial get it right on an important Russian River issue (“Flashback”). Gravel mining below Healdsburg has removed millions of tons of gravel from the riparian corridor. Much of the middle reach of the river beyond a thin veil of vegetation has been reduced to […]

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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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Rescheduled Syar Phase VI Pit Mining hearing July 8th – 2:10pm** Please help defend one of the biggest victories for the River that our Supervisors are prepared to reverse – the 10-year limit of Open Pit strip mining of our aquifer! Urge the Supervisors to Vote NO on the permit and uphold the 10-year limit […]

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(Note: The decision on Syar’s permit extension before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on June 10 was postponed until Tuesday, June 8, at 2:10 pm.) It will be very interesting to see today how the Board of Supervisors addresses the issues around the requested Syar gravel mining extension as it relates to water supply […]

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Help to put an end to Gravel Mining in the Russian River! Help defend one of the biggest victories for the River that our Supervisors are prepared to reverse – the 10-year limit of Open Pit strip mining of our aquifer! Urge the Supervisors to deny the permit and uphold the 10-year limit to protect […]

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I thought you might appreciate this. The DWR has been very supportive of the Russian River Watershed Council, and citing the European “Water Framework Directive” is an interesting approach. Have a wonderful spring weekend, Rue ————— Rue, In case you haven’t seen this, a March 2008 UCB paper on applying the European ‘Water Framework Directive’ […]

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Stream Flow Folks: For thought and discussion: In my stream flow file I found a document, NMFS/James R. Bybee to Mr. Harry Schueller/SWRCB, dated April 18, 2001 (my how the years fly by – the SWRCB should have a copy of this letter and it should be included in the record). This letter, by NMFS, […]

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To All, On my note (included below) to groups and individuals on the subject of low salmon returns I was properly reminded by my friend Brian Hines that the conditions for these low returns, as presented by me, failed to account for poor ocean conditions and potential global warming effects. It is true. All of […]

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SWRCB Technical Workshop on Draft Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows for Northern California Coastal Streams Feb. 6, 2008 The meeting in Santa Rosa was fully packed (exceeding the meeting room safety limitations), primarily with ranchers and grape growers protesting issuance of new policies for setting and maintaining minimum instream flows and other impacts to their […]

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Janet Parrish U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 75 Hawthorne Street (WTR-2) San Francisco, CA 94105 Ph: 415-972-3456 Fax: 415-947-3537 Janet Parrish, After reading all available information on the proposed Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for sediment and turbidity in the Mad River watershed and tributaries, we have the following comments. The Voice Family would like to […]

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Daniel: You comments are spot on – and – appreciated. I am copying them to other concerned parties that might make use of them. Thank you. Anderson is correct. It will be tough to get money for staffing in this environment. That is why we all must work hard on supporting this and at approaching […]

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The Regional Board has extended the time period for comment to December 14. You now have more time. Read below and down to, including, extension notice from Rebecca Fitzgerald – Regional Water Quality Control Board. Interested Parties – Impaired Rivers – Albion River, Eel River, Elk River Watershed, Estero Americano, Freshwater Creek, Garcia River, Gualala […]

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FYI…Below are some messages with weblinks of quite the detailed image based resource for folks interested in the Gualala Watershed! Sure would love to see this down for the Russian River Watershed with all it’s tribs!!! Brock Hi Fluvial Folks, The Adelmans (http://www.californiacoastline.org/)have done a flight up the Gualala River at the request of my […]

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