Nature lovers looking to kick off 2017 with a good deed might consider volunteering to plant redwood seedlings for Forest Unlimited’s annual reforestation project.
This year, the group will plant seedlings Friday and Saturday, January 6th and 7th, at St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker, a protected 580-acre retreat center originally intended for terminally ill children to spend time in a healing environment of a “magical” forest community. Most of the land that was acquired recently had been badly logged. The redwood planting will help reforest these areas.
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is known for containing the largest contiguous stand of old growth coast redwoods in Sonoma County. Sadly, these famous trees are endangered by the very people responsible for protecting them. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) plans to install a water pipeline through the entire length of the valley floor. Unless we respond now, we can anticipate the sights, sounds, and smells of backhoes, excavators, graders, bulldozers, compressors, and dump trucks operating within the sensitive ecosystem. On March 18, 2014, DPR announced an Environmental Impact Report is being prepared. To have our concerns addressed during the review, we must respond before April 16, 2014.
By Dennis Rosatti
Few everyday citizens have reason to engage in regional government, even though the decisions these government bodies are making impact all of us in the Bay Area.
Our appointed local elected representatives come together to discuss problems, solutions and strategies to upcoming challenges and issues that cross local boarders. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Metropolitan Transportation District (MTC), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (SFBRA) are not likely to be conversation pieces around the dinner table, and they rarely find their way into the local newspapers with issues of interest. The average person probably doesn’t even realize that many of these government entities exist, let alone know what they do or understand how to engage in a process that might benefit their neighborhood or local town.
2012 Stream Maintenance Program Balances Habitat Enhancement, Flood Control Conveyance
The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) on June 15 will begin stream maintenance activities in or near more than 50 streams throughout Sonoma County to restore conveyance capacity and maintain proper function of Water Agency flood control channels and retain or enhance appropriate habitat. Two localized sediment removal projects, eight reach-scale sediment removal projects, 21 Sediment Basin/Instream Basin/Reservoir Inlet clearings, and one bank stabilization and repair projects are also planned for completion. A complete list of streams included in this year’s Stream Maintenance Program (Program) is available online atwww.sonomacountywater.org/stream-maintenance-program.
Please join us for the Salmon Creek Watershed Progress Report & Community Social
Sunday 2/26 3-6pm at 1935 Bohemian Hwy. in Occidental
By David Herr
Most people feel helpless when it comes to impacting the outcome of an event. Yet they DO have influence, and they CAN effect change. What it takes is having enough people to be heard - and solid information to gain respect..
We changed the outcome of a tree removal in my neighborhood by contacting people who had the power to stop the operation before long-term permanent damage occurred. In the process, we learned that laws and systems in place are not enough, and that oversight is essential to protect our environment from ignorance.
Goodbye Septics, Hello OWTS?
By Dan Fein
If you own property near the river and you’re not connected to a sewer system, the rules that govern your wastewater have officially changed.
More than 11 years after it first became law, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a policy that implements the provisions of AB885. The state law, which was passed by the legislature in 2001, is designed to protect the state’s waters by regulating Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS). This policy, to a greater or lesser degree, affects everyone whose wastewater is treated by onsite septic systems.
According to the 2011 Climate Protection Committee’s Greenhouse Gas Report, 60% of carbon emissions in Sonoma County are generated from transportation.
Now that Sonoma Clean Power has opened its doors, and unveiled its newEvergreen program, (which utilizes 100% local renewable power), the use of electric vehicles in our Count
By Sarah Amador-Rusnak
Effective July 1, 2012, Assembly Bill (AB) 341 requires all California businesses generating four or more cubic yards each week of commercial solid waste to recycle. That means cruise ships, municipal and military facilities, multi-family dwellings, schools, school districts, community colleges, universities, airports and strip malls.
By signing Assembly Bill (AB) 341, Governor Jerry Brown set a statewide goal of 75% disposal reduction by the year 2020. Part of the Global Warming Solutions Act AB 32, the new recycle bill has been referred to as the one of the most ambitious bills in the country. Florida is the only other state with a goal of 75% waste diversion rate by 2020.