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2017-10-19Oct 19, 2017

Sonoma County residents will soon be able to view current aerial imagery (photos) of their properties within some burn areas.  Right now we have aerial imagery of Coffey Park and Journey’s End Mobilehome Park.This was taken from an authorized drone controlled by law enforcement. 

2017-09-15Sep 15, 2017

The new Career Pathways Program is an extension of the Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC), which has provided summer jobs to more than 1,600 young people since it began in 2009. The majority of the 16-to-24-year-olds employed through SCYEC’s summer program work for eight weeks on ecosystem restoration and conservation-related projects.

2017-09-14Sep 14, 2017

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on September 12, 2017, to modify and extend the Temporary Code Enforcement Penalty Relief Program for Cannabis businesses. This extension allows existing cannabis businesses to remain operational and avoid land use fines while providing additional time to meet the standards required to successfully obtain a local commercial cannabis cultivation permit.

2017-09-14Sep 14, 2017

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $750,000 in flexible local resources in the 2017-18 fiscal year to help address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. Proposals are sought from eligible organizations or groups that can effectively mitigate the impacts of homelessness in the Lower Russian River area leading to a reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness by fifty (50) by January 2019. 

2017-09-01Sep 1, 2017

One of the cornerstones of a well-planned garden is choosing plants for year-round blooms and seeds. Not only do new buds popping at unexpected times of year make each season more exciting for us at garden lovers, but they also provide critical habitat for wildlife at a time of year that can be food scarce for wild creatures.

2017-09-01Sep 1, 2017

Welcome Fall! On September 22nd at 12:53 pm, the Northern Hemisphere welcomes the return of Autumn.By now, you probably have noticed the days getting shorter as summer slips away.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The Russian River Confluence is a movement to bring people together to celebrate and protect the river that is the life of our communities”, states Adriane Garayalde RRC Coordinator. Bringing awareness that what each person does, whether at home or recreating on the river, can affect the water quality in the river is vital to river health. Trash is just one of the water quality issues plaguing the Russian River.   A healthy river provides water for our homes and businesses, a healthy agricultural economy, a place of recreation, thriving wildlife and fish, and economic vitality. 

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The bad news is we now have a party in power who wants more oil production and offshore drilling. The good news is that for the oil and gas industry to actually be able to drill off the California coast it will require a long process with a sizable amount of paperwork and public input. This gives us several steps we can take to slow and hopefully even prevent offshore oil drilling

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Summer is gone, and winter is coming. At the equinox, days and nights are approximately equal in length, but nightfall will start coming sooner. Join Stewards and Wine Country Star Party as we celebrate this astronomical event and seasonal changes with a night of stargazing!

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The Superior Court ruled in favor of the lawsuit brought by RiverWatch charging that the Climate Action Plan (CAP) is inadequate in evaluating the true environmental impacts of the county’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG’s) emissions by 2020.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

My Position on CANNABIS is clear - we need a Sheriff who Reflects our Community's Values.

2017-10-13Oct 13, 2017

Federal, state, county, and city officials, CAL FIRE personnel, the California Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, Sonoma County schools, the Red Cross, PG&E and others assisting in the fire response and recovery will provide updates and resources.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Locating underground yellowjacket nests can be a challenge that requires time and lots of patience, but it can be done. Yellowjackets look for food close to their nest - usually within 1,000 feet.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

We have turned what was completely TOXIC creek environment with NO life,  not a worm, a butterfly or bee, back to a supportive habitat for all native life. Please JOIN US on Thursdays at Fife Creek for our VOLUNTEER work days. 
We start at 11 AM and work until 2 PM

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

Check out these wonderful events in Sonoma County's beautiful parks.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

In a quiet rural Sebastopol neighborhood in early August, bulldozers and water tanks appeared on the property next to our neighbors. “Illegal grows are a huge concern, environmentally and socially,” wrote Supervisor Hopkins. “Unfortunately they give the folks who are doing the right thing (going through County permitting processes and growing in appropriate locations) a bad name,” she added.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

I came away from the new Al Gore movie simply astonished by the power of this film, the concepts, the conversations, the graphics, and the stunning cinematography.

2017-08-30Aug 30, 2017

The days are long and warm, but many of us are anything but lazy. We are in our yards tackling our outdoor “honey-do” lists. We are refinishing our decks, painting our homes, and taming our yards.

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

For decades Sonoma County has led the way in the creation of open spaces and stewardship of the natural beauty and resources we all depend upon for recreation and survival.

 

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board plan to clean up the Russian River returned to Sonoma County on Aug. 17, as the Water Board presented its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plan to the public in anticipation of the deadline for comment on the plan.

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

Do you have an inoperable vehicle on your property that you’ve been trying to get rid of but can’t because you lost the paperwork? We can help! Owners and occupants of property specifically located within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County can now have unwanted junk vehicles towed away for free and without the usual DMV paperwork.

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

Sonoma County residents have an historic opportunity to address two of America’s most critical 21st century issues: one is soaring economic inequality and the explosion of low-wage jobs paying less than $15 an hour; the other is global warming and the imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ending our reliance on fossil fuel. California communities have addressed both crises with “good jobs and zero waste” policies.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Greening is a process for diverting waste away from the landfill (dump) as much as possible and into compost, recycling and repurposing. You will find Greeners at foot races, concerts, festivals and other public events. Greening is front line climate change push back.

2017-08-25Aug 25, 2017

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region (Regional Water Board) is proposing to amend the Water Quality Control Plan for the North Coast Region (Basin Plan) to establish a Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and Program of Implementation (TMDL Action Plan) for the Russian River Watershed. Regional Water Board staff invites you to attend a public workshop to learn about the Draft Pathogen TMDL and TMDL Action Plan.

2017-08-06Aug 6, 2017

As a follow-up to last year’s Electric Vehicle Incentive pilot program, which saw 206 customers purchase or lease steeply discounted electric vehicles, phase two of Sonoma Clean Power’s Drive EverGreen program will run from August 8th to October 31st, 2017.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

While it’s already known as “the sweetest little fair in Sonoma County”, this year’sGravenstein Apple Fair becomes even sweeter, in the form of bees and honey. This year’s theme is “In Praise of Pollinators”, drawing attention to the critters, especially bees, who keep our food systems alive. 

 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

What’s round, lives in the ocean and is good enough to eat?

I would have said abalone before meeting Kristin Aquilino, who moved from Iowa to northern California to work with the White Abalone Captive Breeding Program at the Bodega Marine Lab.

 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

In 1986, California voters approved Proposition 65, an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. Glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. The City of Santa Rosa will be working to prepare an updated Request for Proposal (RFP) to solicit bids calling on landscape companies to outline how they could switch to safe alternatives. 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Get ready for the Total Solar Eclypse! On Monday August 21st, beginning around 9:30 am, the moon – slowly moving eastward – will begin to move in front of the sun and almost completely block it out.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

There is a wellspring of guilt-free irrigation water in your house, just waiting to be tapped...Graywater!

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Most people associate Black-headed Grosbeaks with spring, when their beautiful song awakens us to freshness of new things to come. But I often think about them in August. This is when they try to slip out of our northern lands and drop down to Mexico without being noticed. I always try to catch glimpses of them quietly lurking in the streamside willow forests before they leave. I just don’t want them to leave “without saying good-bye.”

 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Remember your first car? With savings from her babysitting and odd jobs, Californian Reece bought a 1941 Plymouth Coupe (the fondly remembered “Betsy”) when both were 16. Ex-NYer Carol, who’s only a few years younger than Reece, bought her first car 17 years later: a 1974 Chevy Nova (at 8 mpg the names Carol and her spouse, Roz, called this otherwise fine car can’t be repeated!)

 

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

Can you wash a car without wasting water and harming the environment? The answer is Yes, if you plan ahead and understand that everything that’s been stuck to your car—gasoline, oil, heavy metal particles, tar, and particulate matter from exhaust fumes—has the potential to flow from your wash area to the nearest storm drain and eventually reach the Russian River.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

In 1990, through the foresight of community leaders and thoughtful citizens, Sonoma County voters approved the creation of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and a quarter-cent sales tax that provides funding for land conservation, including planning, acquisition, and stewardship of the region’s working, natural, and scenic open space lands.

2017-07-18Jul 18, 2017

On July 17, the Water Agency implemented an outlet channel on the beach at Goat Rock State Park. The goal of the outlet channel is to enhance habitat for federally listed juvenile salmon and minimizing flood risks by keeping freshwater levels in the estuary while allowing river water to flow out of the estuary and prevent ocean water from entering.

2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017

After halting logging in the environmentally sensitive mature floodplain redwood forest of the lower Gualala River, Judge René Chouteau of Sonoma County Superior Court awarded $162,000 in attorney’s fees to the successful parties in environmental litigation over CAL FIRE’s approval of the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan. 

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

After more than 25 years of the Sonoma County Water Agency playing games around Occidental sewage disposal, the newest insult emerges. Wrapped in moral bankruptcy, the otherwise enjoyable and beautiful town seems to have no problem acting like a selfish prima donna with no need to request, but rather just impose their raw sewage unnecessarily on the rest of us with impunity.

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

“The land is never saved; it’s always being saved” — to paraphrase the late Coastal Commission Executive Peter M. Douglas.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

The Sonoma Land Trust got the big $100,000 award from the Impact100 group this year.John McCaull, the SLT Land Acquisition Program Manager, said it would go a long way toward funding the next phase of the process to secure a Protection Lease on the undeveloped part of the 863-acre property.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

The Sustainable Education Garden, located at Santa Rosa’s City Hall, will celebrate its grand opening June 20th from 10:00 11:30 am. Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments, and a tour to highlight the innovative features built into this beautiful garden. Attendance is free, but please RSVP towatersmart@srcity.org.

 

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

With this slogan, on June 1st, the President announced the US’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Accords on Climate Change.Mayor Bill Pedutoof Pittsburgh shot back, “Pittsburgh stands with the world and will follow the Paris agreement…for our people, our economy and future.” Climate change makes forest fires, flooding, and sea level rise more likely. As the planet continues to heat up, we’ll see more forest fires, such as the devastating one that recently killed at least 60 people in Portugal; in Northern California we’ll see fires more often, and they’ll be worse.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

Plastic Free July, like Earth Day, is an annual reminder of what we need to do every day.

2017-06-16Jun 16, 2017

The Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) is pleased to announce the development of a grant-fundedStorm Water Resources Plan (SWRP) for the Russian River watershed. Public meetings will be held to discuss the SWRP and provide an opportunity for input on watershed priorities, storm water projects to be evaluated, and the prioritization of projects for future implementation.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

The Common Raven is the largest songbird in the world.  It ranges all over Europe, Asia and North America. Throughout human history the raven has been a prominent character in the folklore of nearly every culture.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Saturn is preparing to engage in a temporary farewell as the ringed giant continues it’s gradual and apparent slip westward into the sun’s glare.

2017-09-26Sep 26, 2017

“Dogwood” timber harvest plan lawsuit ends with logging permit vacated by CAL FIRE; most of 400 acres of Gualala River floodplain redwood forest left intact

2017-09-20Sep 20, 2017

Walk & Roll to School events create safer routes for students to walk and bicycle. They emphasize the importance of increasing children‘s physical activity, bicycle and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion mitigation, reducing our carbon footprint and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 4,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.  Over 7500 K-8 Sonoma County students and their families participated in 2016, and an additional 1200+ high school students participated.

2017-09-15Sep 15, 2017

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) announced today that a group of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv) in Sonoma County. The WNv positive mosquitoes were collected in the vicinity of Wilfred Avenue and Whistler Avenue in Rohnert Park. 

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