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Disaster a chance to re-examine priorities

Residents weigh in, from our local Sonoma County blog, waccobb.net Our supervisors sold us down the river a while back to these corporate special interests. The business model base for the wine/tourism industry is totally rigged to the upper classes….

 

New York Times: Do Rivers Have Rights?

With no planet B and life dependent on our resources, this is a great question. Do we allow corporations that mine and pollute our resources rights over the health and fate of our planet for profits if they do not…

 

Fire Poem

Fire Poem A piece of paper Drifted down From the sky Amidst the ash and dirt. The paper was part of a dictionary. It landed by the sanctuary door. The words defined were Tempest And Temple And so it was,…

 

Sonoma, Napa, Lake County & Mendocino burns

We are all busy helping our neighbors, families and animals cope with the devastation we are going through right now. Air water tankers have been trapped at airports due to low visibility off and on and everyone here knows more…

 

Monsanto Banned From European Parliament

MEPs withdraw parliamentary access after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller By Arthur Neslen for the Guardian, 9/28/17 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/28/monsanto-banned-from-european-parliament?CMP=share_btn_link We’ve published previous articles about…

 

A Growing Sonoma Bursts at its Seams

Wine tourism: booming. Mass transit: zooming. Big cannabis: looming. For a once-quiet agricultural region, Sonoma is suddenly an economic engine. And not everybody’s loving the noise. By Patrick Hoge 9/25/17 https://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-new-sonoma-crush-0/ Liza Hinman lives in two Sonoma County worlds on…

 

OPINION: PRMD approves Winery Use-Permits that Urbanize Rural Areas

Update: Skirting Protections http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/7459500-181/thursdays-letters-to-the-editor EDITOR: The recent article about proposed development along Old Redwood Highway on the outskirts of Santa Rosa is an example of efforts to skirt protections for open space and greenbelts (“Cloverleaf Ranch a family affair for…

 

Court of Appeals Rejects California’s Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides

Good news from our friends at Earthjustice fighting the good fight…. https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2017/court-of-appeal-rejects-california-s-approval-of-bee-killing-pesticides September 20, 2017 San Francisco, CA —The First District California Court of Appeal issued an opinion Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging a California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR)…

 

Sierra Club Alert: California Wetlands

From our friends at the Sierra Club: Action Alert After ten years of development, the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) is planning on issuing new regulations to guide which wetlands in California are protected under state law, and…

 

Cannabis Cultivating Re-Visited by Dr. Shepherd Bliss

Wine & Water Watch has already had several comments about this article. This article will be in the October Gazette. We are against environmental damage, depleted aquifers, chemical use and the health and well being of the residents.   “….After…