Deb Preston

UPDATE: 3-2 Supervisor vote for wine interests…Winery Event Ordinance Returns Yet Again to Sonoma Board of Supervisors

As many readers may recall, in December 2014 in response to community outcry, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare options for updating policy on regulating winery events, particularly in the over-concentrated wine areas of Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Westside Road, either as a zoning amendment or local event guidelines. Finally, after […]

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Ignoring science, California will let growers use even more of a cancer-causing pesticide banned in 34 countries

From Californians for Pesticide Reform: by Jane Sellen | Nov 16, 2022 | New draft regulation eliminates existing use cap, defies court order to protect farmworkers, and ignores OEHHA state scientists on cancer risk Sacramento,CA: Under a court-ordered deadline to regulate the use of the cancer-causing fumigant pesticide 1,3-dichloropropene (1,3-D, or Telone), the California Department

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Land Trust of Napa County Announces Agreement to Purchase Walt Ranch

Over the years, Wine and Water Watch has published a number of articles about the proposed Walt Ranch vineyard conversion, which would have destroyed more than 300 acres of riparian, oak and native grassland habitat for vineyards and more than 14,000 large trees in an area spread out over the ranch’s 2300 acres. In early

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Advocates express concern that the newly released draft Scoping Plan prioritizes corporate interests over meaningful climate action and environmental justice, especially in the agricultural sector.

For Immediate Release – May 10, 2022 Sacramento, CA – Today, the California state government released a draft of the Scoping Plan – the roadmap for how the state will become carbon neutral by mid-century. For the first time, the Scoping Plan acknowledges the role that organic agriculture and reductions in chemical pesticide use could

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