Tag Archives: groundwater depletion

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…

 

Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow

Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow by Dr. Shepherd Bliss Sonoma County, Northern California   One of the United States’ top four cannabis-growing counties is Sonoma County, California, where this reporter lives. In 2016, it became legal for adults to…

 

In Napa Valley, Vineyards and Conservationists Battle for the Hills

http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-napa-valley-vineyards-take-a-bigger-bite-out-of-forests-and-biodiversity The steady expansion of vineyards in California’s premier wine-growing region is moving uphill into oak and other woodlands and is adversely affecting fish and wildlife. Other wine areas, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Mendoza in Argentina, are facing similar…

 

Water & Power: A California Heist

Time to support SB 252-Dodds. It is a step in the right direction. Here is the direct link and article/video below on how our water resources are being “mined” by financiers in California. Some communities are working on regulations that state: “Prohibition…

 

Water & Power: A California Heist

In Paso Robles, financiers are buying up vineyards for the unfettered water rights and selling it back to residents. Paso Robles had a vineyard explosion that led to dry wells and drilling over 1,200 feet into ancient aquifers. This is…

 

UPDATE: TAX ON WINE GRAPES AS WELL AS ON CANNABIS?

MARCH 26, 2017 UPDATE: The reaction of residents to the idea of taxing the wine industry for grapes in the same way cannabis growers are being taxed on marijuana crops is growing, as evidenced by another letter in yesterday’s Santa…

 

Don’t Add Water by Ari Levaux

North Bay Bohemian has done it again, another great article by journalist Ari Levaux exposing the fact that dry farmed wines taste better and don’t ruin OUR aquifers. Paul Bernier is a devout dry farmer of wine grapes and inventor of machinery…

 

SOURED ON GRAPES, locals speak out on impacts

With 31,000 trees being scheduled for clear cutting in Napa alone, locals ask when does the insanity and greed stop? http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/letters-to-the-editor-june-14-2016/Content?oid=2966561 Soured on Grapes Great article (“Of Water and Wine,” June 15). Thank you for writing it and for publishing…

 

Big Wine & Binge Tourism Cost You:

Big Wine & Binge Tourism Cost You:   Groundwater depletion Drinking water quality polluted with chemical runoff Lack of diversity & monoculture-ask the Irish Deforestation for the land rush-say NO to coastal pinot Wildlife corridors fenced off, habitat diminished for…