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Winery Events Ordinance.  Permit Sonoma has scheduled a virtual hearing on June 3 at 1 PM

After several years of delays, the County is getting ready to finalize the Winery Events Ordinance.  Permit Sonoma has scheduled a virtual hearing on June 3 at 1 PM before the Planning Commission where Commissioners may vote to approve the ordinance.  Members of the public can join the Zoom meeting.  Details will be forwarded when available. WHY WE …

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Coast Action Groups nails it: Russian River Drought Conditions – State Water Board Authority

Why is the state not stopping illegal water diversions on the Russian River?  Big wine gets a pass….. Russian River Drought Conditions – State Water Board Authority To  erik.ekdahl@waterboards.ca.gov,   karen.kramer@waterboards.ca.gov Dear Erik I am bringing issues to your desk (when I know you have plenty to deal with).  They are not new.  They have been there for …

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Killing the Golden Goose for wine & cannabis

Fencing the countryside EDITOR: When I think of Sonoma County, I think of a picturesque drive through the countryside, through fields with cattle, orchards and wine grapes, trees and mountains surrounding me. The vistas are so wonderful and are the attraction for a dynamic tourism industry. All of this is in jeopardy if our supervisors vote for …

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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

  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 …

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Russian Riverkeepers: Uncharted Waters for the River This Summer

DITCH YOUR LAWNS! Vineyards are bad neighbors… Russian Riverkeepers: Uncharted Waters for the River This Summer This past Sunday, while out on the River, we observed the clearest waters we can remember seeing in over 50 years. With 25+ feet of visibility, we could see the bottom of some of the deepest pools—from Geyserville to …

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