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Your chance to tour the Russian River County Sanitation District August 6. See attached. Stephen The Russian River County Sanitation District is hosting a public tour of its wastewater treatment plant on Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour is free and District ratepayers are encouraged to attend. Information presented on […]

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I thought I would share a letter sent to the Press Democrat who blatantly had a story blackout on a crucial issue for Sonoma County–clearcutting hundreds of acres of redwoods to put in more grapes for wine making while the rest of the state and country had the story covered.  Shameless. –Larry Dear Editor: Newspapers […]

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP PROPOSED TOXICITY STUDY Edmund G. Brown Jr. Governor STATEWIDE GENERAL NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PERMIT FOR RESIDUAL PESTICIDE DISCHARGES FROM AQUATIC ANIMAL INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL APPLICATIONS, SPRAY APPLICATIONS, VECTOR CONTROL, AND WEED CONTROL (COLLECTIVELY STATEWIDE GENERAL PESTICIDE PERMITS) Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Klamath Training Room […]

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Greetings, This email is to inform you on the status of the Elk River Sediment TMDL being developed by staff of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board. Regional Water Board staff has released the preliminary review draft of the Elk River TMDL Sediment Source Analysis for the Upper Elk River (Chapter 3 of […]

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Dear Partners for Clean Water, As partners in a statewide effort to secure protections for polluted waterways, we ask for your help in letting U.S. EPA know that Californians support strong federal leadership on reducing storm water pollution and restoring the health of polluted lakes, rivers, streams, estuaries and coastal waters. In November 2010, EPA […]

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Water Pollution: A hazardous cyanobacterium common in lakes turns on estrogen-related genes in fish By Janet Pelley Fertilizer runoff from farms can feed blooms of toxic cyanobacteria, which are deadly to pets and livestock. As if that weren’t enough to worry about, new research suggests for the first time that the blooms also could disrupt […]

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ChemEnginNews: Toxic sludge threat of 4000 HPV chemicals — criteria for identifying highest threats Every hour, an enormous quantity and variety of manmade chemicals, having reached the end of their useful lifespan, flood into wastewater treatment plants. These large-scale processing facilities, however, are designed only to remove nutrients, turbidity and oxygen-depleting human waste, and not […]

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ScienceDaily April 1, 2011 In the first report on the uptake and internal processing of triclocarban (TCC) in fish, scientists have reported strong evidence that TCC — an antibacterial ingredient in some soaps and the source of environmental health concerns because of its potential endocrine-disrupting effects — has a “strong” tendency to bioaccumulate in fish. […]

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Russian River County Sanitation District Wastewater Overflow (Sonoma, CA) — Sonoma County Water Agency work crews responded to a wastewater overflow at the Russian River County Sanitation District’s treatment plant on March 21, 2011. Overflow information: Date: March 21, 2011 Location: Russian River County Sanitation District – Wastewater treatment plant -18400 Neely Road, Vacation Beach […]

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Interested Parties concerned with impaired status of north coast rivers and streams please note: The Regional Board is proposing suspension of regulations now in place to control pollutant contributions from timber harvest activity on impaired waterbodies in the north coast region. Timber harvest and related activities are responsible for a great percentage of impairment on […]

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In addition to what is said in the main story, I have some additional thoughts and history I would like to present for Coast Action Group. It feels good that 14 years after the consent degree – finally with the adoption of the Klamath TMDL – the Consent Degree schedule has been completed. However, the […]

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Federal regulators Tuesday ordered major reductions in the amount of pollution that pours into the Klamath River, an action that American Indians and environmentalists touted as a milestone in the fight to restore once-thriving salmon runs to Northern California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved a water-quality-improvement plan that would force farmers, foresters and utilities […]

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Kistler Bodega Ranch Winery and Minor Timberland Conversion Zoning Permit SCH Number: 2010112021 Document Type: MND – Mitigated Negative Declaration Project Lead Agency: Sonoma County Project Description Request for 1) a Use permit for a new winery with a maximum annual production capacity of 7,500 cases to include a 18,870 square foot production/processing building with […]

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Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act October 21, 2009 Over 230 Million Pounds of Toxics Discharged into American Waterways Industrial facilities dumped 232 million pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways, according to a report released today by Environment America: Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled […]

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Wed. 12/15/10 Season’s Greetings, Hope all are well and enjoying this festive season. Many of you already know that there were no surprises on Dec. 9th, and that the new date was set for: Thursday January 13th, 1:05pm at PRMD. Some new developments include: – Extensive boring, sampling, and testing followed by a 61 page […]

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Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Basin Planning Workshop November 17 About the Workshop The Sierra Club, Sonoma County Water Coalition and League of Women Voters are sponsoring a workshop to inform interested parties about groundwater planning currently under consideration. Workshop Date and Location The workshop will be held on November 17, 2010, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. located […]

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At 2:30 there will be a study session addressing the preparation of the Urban Water Management Plan, a state-required document that includes demand projections. How much water will Santa Rosa officially request for future growth? This will take place in the SR City Council Chambers on Tues. Nov. 9th. Brenda

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Bob Weber, The Canadian Press October 14, 2010 Chemicals in household drugs and cleaning products routinely survive waste treatment and are released into the environment, where little is known about their effects on land, water and human health, according to a government-funded study. “What are really needed are risk assessments,” said Hugh Monteith, a research […]

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Hello River Friends, Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 26th, Syar Industries’ proposal to mine a massive 350,000 ton per year 15-year instream mining project for Alexander Valley near Geyserville that would extract 5.25 MILLION tons of gravel from the Russian River. The EIR is being rushed through the review process so that outgoing Supervisors Kelley and Kerns […]

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The Mellowing of Minnows and Other Consequences of Antidepressants in the Water By Melissa Knopper Minnows don’t swim away from predators after they’re exposed to antidepressants. © Photos: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Back in the 1990s, Theo Colborn, then-senior scientist with the World Wildlife Fund, sounded the first alarms about endocrine disrupters. In the […]

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The RB is already working on it – and a Dairy WDR and Waiver too. Hi all,I have heard it said for many years by a number of folks, including staff with the NCRWQCB, that after the Klamath TMDL is done, the Russian TMDL is next. Anyone have the latest heads up on this reality […]

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NEW AND STRONGER KLAMATH RIVER WATER QUALITY STANDARDS APPROVED BY CALIFORNIA On 7 September, after much debate, the California Water Resources Board formally approved new water quality standards (called ³TMDLs,² or ³total maximum daily loads² in Clean Water Act parlance) for the mainstem of the Klamath River. This decision gives final California agency approval to […]

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Settlement of dispute between Canyon Rock Quarry and Forestville Citizens for Sensible Growth I am pleased to let you know that the dispute between Forestville Citizens for Sensible Growth and Canyon Rock Quarry has been settled.  Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Canyon Rock has agreed to the following: Operations Eliminate back-up whistles to […]

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This scientific paper is published in Environmental Science and Technology. The paper, an accompanying USGS data report, and related information are available online at toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/PMFs.html. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals to surface waters, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted in cooperation with the State […]

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The Riverfest is right around the corner and we hope to see many of you there. We’ll gather on the banks of the River at Burke’s Canoe Trips on Saturday, September 25th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. for our annual fun fest. Come enjoy a great gourmet dinner, organic wine & beer tasting & local musicians as […]

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Tuesday at the BOS: SPECIAL DISTRICTS REGULAR CALENDARSONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY23. Water Supply Strategies Action Plana. Consider staff presentation and public input on the draft Water Supply Strategies Action Planb. Approve the Water Supply Strategies and direct the General Manager to complete the Water Supply Strategies Action Plan, incorporating any changes requested by the Board. Also […]

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Hello River Friends, Syar Industries has proposed a massive 350,000 ton per year 15-year instream mining project for Alexander Valley near Geyserville that would extract 5.25 MILLION tons of gravel from the Russian River. The EIR is being rushed through the review process so that outgoing Supervisors Kelley and Kerns can vote on it. It […]

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Slow it. Spread it. Sink it! A Homeowner’s and Landowner’s Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management This exciting new guidebook will help landowners and homeowners make the most of the many potential benefits of innovative stormwater management. Once thought of as a nuisance, stormwater is now universally recognized as one our most important natural resources and […]

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Uptake of pharmaceuticals and personal care products by soybean plants from soils applied with biosolids and irrigated with contaminated water Wu, C, AL Sponberg, JD Witter, M Fang and KP Czajkowski. Synopsis by Heather Stapleton and Wendy Hessler. Environmental Science and Technology, Aug 30, 2010 New research shows that the drugs and contaminants that often contaminant […]

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