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2017-05-08May 8, 2017

Twenty-four inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma County and North Marin, plus plant sales, workshops, talks, and sustainable landscaping information.

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

Spring is here and as Sonoma County wakes from its wet slumber we all feel the seasonal urge to spring into action. The garden calls with its sleepy voice, household projects itch to get started, and we all look forward to the delights of a new season. It’s time to make your New Year’s resolution for the planet and think of what you can commit to do for theCommunity Resilience Challenge, running April through May.

2017-04-01Apr 1, 2017
2017-03-31Mar 31, 2017

Have you noticed new landscape designs around parking lots and other new developments?

Development of land typically increases the hard surfaces of a site. Low Impact Development, or LID, is a design strategy that has the goal of mimicking the hydrologic functions of the land before it’s development.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Several years ago I participated in Santa Rosa’s advisory committee on green building. Its purpose was to consider additional local regulations beyond those already mandated by State building code. I was skeptical since new rules would likely add to the escalating costs of building housing.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

Climate Change is in the news more and more despite the White House windbag ordering that EPA and NASA delete all references to climate on their websites and publications.

2017-03-28Mar 28, 2017

What’s yellow and orange and dead all over?

Bright orange streaks pop from the verdant Sonoma County landscape this spring. These are poisoned plants, treated by glyphosate. If you are like me, you may have overlooked this phenomenon, but once you know, it is impossible to ignore.

2017-03-26Mar 26, 2017

The new administration in Washington seems to put a premium on undoing all the positive things that we’ve done to help make the planet AND our piece of it more healthy. Much of the news from Washington is truly unbelievable, except that it IS happening NOW.

2017-03-25Mar 25, 2017

While apple blossoms sweeten the air and winter rains become more infrequent, we anxiously await the beauty of spring. The sun is slowly peaking its warm head out of the clouds, encouraging the wildflowers out of hibernation and into bloom.

2017-02-01Feb 1, 2017

Last month I wrote about how the Russian River has lost 75% of its former area and how that has eliminated thousands of acres of upstream flood storage. We saw this fact play out in the January flooding in the lower Russian River and Santa Rosa plain. During post-flood cleanups over several weeks we witnessed the reality of having no off-ramps for pollutants like sediment. Instead of ending up in wetlands or floodplains upstream, it ended up covering everything in the lower river that was under water with a slimy fine mud, when the floodwater dropped. The good news is all that water will help in improving conditions for recreation and our endangered salmon this coming summer.

2017-04-27Apr 27, 2017

Some of the most hopeful news on the climate front is coming from scientists, farmers and ranchers who are developing new methods to regenerate the soil, revealing how agricultural productivity and environmental health can go hand-in-hand to confront our world’s greatest threat: climate change and humanity’s growing carbon footprint.

2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017

The Sonoma County Water Agency will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, from 6-7:30 p.m.

2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017

We have a chance to protect community separators in perpetuity with the new Vital Lands Initiative of the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space District.

2017-04-25Apr 25, 2017

Outspoken California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will deliver his views as a defender of the environment, gay rights and legal cannabis when he speaks at Sonoma County’s biggest environmental awards dinner of the year from 5 to 9 pm, Saturday, June 10 at the newly remodeled Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa.

2017-04-19Apr 19, 2017

Our relationship with water; how we capture, use, and conserve water; is forever changed. Governor Jerry Brown said in April that “Conservation must remain a way of life.”

2017-04-17Apr 17, 2017

The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) is holding two public workshops onApril 19th and 27th to receive feedback on an upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) process for securing long-term organics processing capacity.

2017-04-13Apr 13, 2017

The Final Draft EIR for Tolay Lake Regional Park will be completed and we anticipate that theEIRand Master Plan will be taken to the County Board of Supervisors for approval in May 2017. 

2017-04-03Apr 3, 2017

Cittaslow Sebastopol is opening up for volunteers with an orientation meeting Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 – 7:30 at the Sebastopol City Hall (7120 Bodega Ave.).

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