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Sonoma County BANS Plastic Bags
starting March 21, 2014
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency
Waste Reduction Program for Carryout Bags Ordinance
Ordinance bans the issuance of plastic carryout bags and imposes a 10 cent fee on paper bags. Starts March 21, 2014. Enforcement begins September 1, 2014.Read: Sonoma County BANS Plastic Bags starting March 21, 2014
End of the Line for Artesa Annapolis Vineyard Conversion Project?
Artesa Winery’s Annapolis vineyard project has apparently hit the wall. Initiated in 2001, in the early years of Preservation Ranch, this smaller cousin actually completed its long, circuitous permit and CEQA process in 2012 after more than a decade of stalls and reverses. But in December 2013, Judge Elliot Daum of Sonoma County Superior Court ruled that the finalEnvironmental Impact Report was flawed, agreeing with some of the main arguments by plaintiffs Friends of the Gualala River, Sierra Club, andCenter for Biological Diversity. On Christmas Eve, CAL FIRE sent an official letter to Artesa, instructing them that the EIR’s certification and timber conversion permit were “set aside” (in effect, revoked, invalidated), and further warned them not to conduct any timber operations, and ordered them to “suspend all activity that could result in any change to the environment”.Read: Artesa Winery Annapolis vineyard project revoked
LOVE where you LIVE - Sonoma County
The 2014 Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide is slipped into into the March Gazette and is on newsstands, in cafés, restaurants and stores NOW at 900+ locations throughout Sonoma County.
This is a big one! 28 pages of Gardeners Guide inside 64 pages of Gazette
I have included links to both the Guide and the March Gazette for DOWNLOAD version ad Flip the Pages versions at the ads on the right of this page. It wil take us a few days to get the entire editon posted on this website. In the mean time - take a peek ~ more later!
Read and enjoy! ~ Vesta
We have been blessed with rain...not enough to solve our drought, but enough to feed plants and critters on our land. Their needs are much simpler than ours. They have lived with dry summers in California since the beginning of time. True natives, they have the survival lifestyles necessary to use what moisture is available to them to sustain life...and no more.
We, on the other hand, use massive quantities of water to maintain our lifestyles as well as our lives. Now that rain came to wet the earth, we might be tempted to think that we have been saved from making changes to compensate for lack of water. But not so! Reservoirs are low, especially in north Sonoma County where the watershed does not replenish Lake Mendocino the way it does Lake Sonoma. Everyone depending upon water from Lake Mendocino has to be especially careful, and people who rely on wells instead of pubic water are still living on a razor’s edge.
Sonoma County has established city by city as well as county water saving programs that we can all use to keep our water consumption down. I have created a comprehensive list on our website SonomaCountyGazette.com if you want to go to one place for all programs.
The State of California now mandates that all toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush and SoCo is willing to GIVE you one AND INSTALL it as well.
We’ve been through this before, back in the 70s, but many people went back into their water-using habits after rain returned. What people see as abnormal weather might not be abnormal any more, and the chance of “returning” to wet winters may be a thing of the past. Get used to this and you won’t suffer, and neither will others.
One of the most difficult things to see were salmon trying to get back up river to spawn this fall. River mouths were blocked by sandbars along the coast and thousands died without access. Our state has put so much effort into saving these endangered fish - our “Canary in the Coal Mine” alert to environmental danger - then lack of rainfall took its toll.
Raising our awareness on so many subjects is no longer a luxury...it’s life-sustaining. We either get the message or we pay the price. We can do this.
Enjoy this incredible gift of spring! And please use our 11th annual Gardener’s Resource Guide to shop locally when you plant, build and grow your gardens. We have lots of information on how you can garden with less water.
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