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After The Grapes Are Gone by David Keller,

What happens when the grapes are gone……   DAVID KELLER September 2015 PD Article Link Our succession of boom crops in Sonoma County provides an interesting history — and a cautionary tale. The county’s world-class wine grapes occupy more than 60,000 acres, with vineyard acreage expanding 80 percent between 1988 and 2014. Our climate, soils […]

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LAWSUIT: Well Ordinance Favoring Wine Water Grab Coming To An End?

Public Trust – groundwater lawsuit update & request Editorial Comment: As homeowners wells and local creeks dried up during the drought, wine industry kept drilling and County kept approving new wells….consider supporting Russian River Keeper and California Coastkeeper Alliance. You will remember the lawsuit that was settled last year between Sonoma County and California Coastkeeper

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Right-Wing US Supreme Court Delivers ‘Catastrophic Loss for Water Protections’

Right-Wing US Supreme Court Delivers ‘Catastrophic Loss for Water Protections’ The court “ripped the heart out of the law we depend on to protect American waters and wetlands,” said one critic, warning that the ruling “will cause incalculable harm.” JESSICA CORBETT May 25, 2023 This is a breaking story… Please check back for possible updates…

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Extension of Public Comment Period for Board Workshop on Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

Extension of Public Comment Period for Board Workshop on Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life The State Water Board will accept written comments on the staff proposed framework to Make Water Conservation a California Way of Life. The comment deadline has been changed from March 24, 2023 at noon to March 30, 2023 at

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How Do Chemicals from Wildfires End Up in Water Supplies?

How Do Chemicals from Wildfires End Up in Water Supplies? https://www.govtech.com/em/safety/how-do-chemicals-from-wildfires-end-up-in-water-supplies The relatively new and potentially dangerous phenomenon of chemicals from wildfire smoke finding their way into water systems is occurring after ‘high severity’ fires, and scientists are just now learning about it.

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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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