Groundwater

Gualala Logging plan, Comments have been reopened

There are petitions online and CalFire is still accepting comments for their exception to state logging rules. They have revised the skid roads and some of the logging along the Gualala river. CalFire is still making an exception to the state logging plans and need to hear from the public. Friends of Gualala River (FoGR), …

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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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“We scientists don’t know how to do that”…..what a commentary!

Living on Earth – Gus Speth calls for a New Environmentalism http://loe.org/content/2015-02-13/LOE_150213_C1_GUS_SPETH_BOOK.mp3 First aired on February 13, 2015 In conversation with host Steve Curwood, NRDC co-founder Gus Speth reflects on the environmental movement both as a previous ‘insider’ and now as a reformer. In his new memoir “Angels by the River” Gus Speth calls for …

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Report: Water district plan endangers basin’s future

Excerpt: “While local management of groundwater resources may appear ideal, diverse interests at the local level will likely be undermined by those of powerful agribusiness owners, investors, and water brokers who view water not as a human right or environmental necessity, but a fungible commodity that can be captured and sold in a market or …

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