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Unsustainable Groundwater Use in Sonoma Valley

Groundwater resources in Sonoma Valley are already in deficit, depleted by over-pumping of approximately 9% according to USGS modeling. There are 2,500 wells already drilled in Sonoma Valley. In some areas, wells have already run dry, and salt water is intruding, creating long-term damage to the aquifer. This short video provides a good introduction to …

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Will Bucklin at his dry-farmed vineyard Old Hill Ranch in Sonoma Valley. Photograph: Charlotte Simmonds for the Guardian

When in Drought, California Dry-farming by The Guardian

Dry farming forgoes modern irrigation and, farmers say, produces much tastier crops. In a drought-stricken state, should others follow suit? Wine grapes were not watered in Sonoma and Napa before the 1970’s. Corporate wine moved in after that and water use became the norm. Grape growers are paid by the ton and water plumped grapes …

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Winery Backlash in Sonoma County – KQED Forum

The number of Sonoma County wineries has more than doubled since 2005 and the industry has become the backbone of the region’s economy. But some neighborhood groups say escalating winery tourism from tasting rooms and events brings unwanted traffic and noise and threatens their rural quality of life. In response, county supervisors and planning officials …

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Glyphosate Found in 10 of 10 Wines Tested

UPDATED 5/3/2016: Ten wines from the prime growing regions of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties were just tested at Microbe Inotech Labs in St. Louis, Mo. All ten samples were found to contain glyphosate, the active ingredient in an herbicide sold as Roundup®, a chemical classified a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization. This …

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Who the heck is this guy, Gore?

New Sonoma County supervisor ran as a local boy back home to serve his people. But which people? BY Dave Ransom Image credit: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors James Gore’s uncle Doug was one of the “industry leaders” who consulted on the wine Innovation+Quality conference in St. Helena March 4. Gore’s brother Tom likely attended. …

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