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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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Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border

“What we’re seeing with climate change increasingly — year after year after year — is that there is not enough water to go around. This crisis should not come as a surprise to anyone,” he said. “We have over-drafted our account, essentially, and now we have to deal with the consequences.” Epic drought means water …

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Drought: How bad is it? ‘This has never happened’: California’s only wildfire research center makes scary discovery

As Sonoma County supervisors prepare to allow 65,000 acres of water thirsty crops (Gore/Hopkins co-chair cannabis committee), push biomass energy dirtier than coal (Hopkins), allow the wine industry to continue to suck up water unfettered at expense of homeowners which dries up the environment making fires more severe…..scientists say buckle up for severe fire season.   ‘This …

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Brave Blue World Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis

*Note: “Hydraloop collects, cleans and re-uses the water from showers, baths, washing machines, handbasins and air conditioning units. Hydraloop water is clean, clear, safe, and disinfected. It can be re-used for toilet flushing, washing machines, garden irrigation and topping up swimming pools.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, “Water is not necessary for life, it is life.” This …

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Sonoma County’s native oak forests and woodlands are under attack – Comments Needed Now!

Credit where credit is due….nice SCCA is on this now however, without Kimberly Burr & Larry Hanson of Forest Unlimited, who have worked tirelessly for many years to get a new tree ordinance we would not be here. Note: 120 acres of oak woodlands were clear cut for more vineyards (during a megadrought and wine …

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Trump’s California water plan troubled federal biologists. They were sidelined

“Jared Huffman, a California Democratic congressman who sits on the House natural resources committee, which oversees the Fish and Wildlife Service, called some of the revelations “blatantly illegal” and “textbook illegal”. “Gone were the warnings that salmon and whales would suffer. The new version, finalized in the fall of 2019, loosened the rules to free …

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