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2018-09-14Sep 14, 2018

What if I told you last year there were 2,412,151 cigarette butts or 1,739743 food wrappers all collected from beach cleanups. Shocking, right? Well here’s one more: enough balloons were collected to lift a great white shark according to Ocean Conservancy in 2017. All that trash would still be on the beaches if people like you didn’t help. This year International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 15, 2018. There are cleanups taking place all over the world; many in Sonoma County. So, choose your beach or river and come out and make a difference. Let’s try and get all the trash out before the rains come. If you cannot make the September 15th cleanup there are other ongoing/monthly events throughout the county.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.

2018-06-22Jun 22, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) has developed a proposal to reduce flooding on Green Valley Road west of Graton by removing sediment from the adjacent Green Valley Creek and restoring the creek banks with native vegetation. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the Water Agency released a Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the project on June 22. The public is invited to provide comment on the project before July 24.

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

The topic for the 2018 Russian River Watershed Association’s High School video contest was: From the Street to the Creek, Be Part of the Pollution Solution! Entries could be an individual or group effort and prize awards are split 50% between the individual(s) who submit the video and the high school they attend.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

BioBlitzes bring people together to document biodiversity in one place at one time, recording observations of plants and animals using smartphones or digital cameras and uploading results to the biodiversity recording and social networking platform iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org). These events connect people of all backgrounds to the outdoors, inspire everyone to protect biodiversity, and at the same time generate invaluable data.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

I think we can all agree that we are thankful for advancements in plumbing and sewage treatment since the germ-laden Middle Ages. However, many are recognizing that with our current plumbing systems, we are shorting ourselves on a great garden resource…graywater.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

We held our second Lower Russian River MAC informational meeting on Wednesday, May 9. During the meeting we shared the proposed boundary for the LRR MAC. We expect the boundary to encompass the area of Forestville, Guerneville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills and Cazadero (minus the west hills).

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

In partnership with the County of Sonoma, the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts have hired an ombudsman to provide residents of the lower Russian River with assistance and support regarding changing septic system regulations.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.

2018-05-22May 22, 2018

Russian River Estuary Management Project, which will include information about the 2017 Lagoon Management Season, updates on biological and water quality monitoring programs, the pinniped monitoring program, and a preview of the 2018 Lagoon Management Season. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.

 

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties.  The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall. 

 

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

We're inching our way out of fire season. Or so they say. With our new normal, fire season is stretching out months longer than before. We're working to play catch up to issues like heavy fuel loads while planning ahead to ensure a healthy and bright future for our fire agencies (and ultimately the constituents we both serve). It's not easy work and it's definitely not quick, but I am happy to report that we've secured nearly $1 million in funding for our county fire agencies, with the bulk going directly into West County.

 

2018-05-19May 19, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will receive Permit Sonoma's report on OWTS (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) response to the AB 885 mandate from the State. Local realtors are objecting loudly, sending out sample letters with language they hope will influence supervisors on how they react to the state mandate as it impacts local watershed homes and communities.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

This theme’s issue is Parenting the Next Generation, but it’s beginning to look as if we can take all take some lessons from Generation “Z.”

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

You’re invited! Join us to get your hands in the soil and learn about native, edible, and pollinator-friendly plant choices. Daily Acts, with support from the City of Petaluma, will be planting the new Living, Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Regional Library on March 24th and we need volunteers!

2018-04-23Apr 23, 2018

The end of the late rains and beginning of warm weather is the ideal time for an increase in mosquito populations. Our vector control technicians have documented over 800 new sources of mosquito production in the October 2017 burn areas. These sources include swimming pools, spas, compromised septic systems, and depressions caused by the removal of foundations and debris.

2018-04-17Apr 17, 2018

As Realtors in the Russian River Region, we have been following the upcoming changes to septic regulations which will affect approximately 45,000 residents of Sonoma County, many of whom will not know what hit them. Even some of the Supervisors, whose constituents will be affected, seem unaware that they are about to vote on new regulations which could easily result in future condemnation of homes as well as the excessive cost for upgrades for many homeowners throughout the county. We support clean water and the environment, but burdening homeowners is not the answer.

2018-04-04Apr 4, 2018

The North Bay Water Reuse Authority has prepared a joint Draft Environmental Impact Report/ Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) projects proposed in the Phase 2 Program would continue to build upon commitments to long-term inter-agency cooperation to address common needs related to reliable water supplies and enhanced environmental restoration. The 45-day CEQA review period begins on April 4, 2018, and closes on May 18, 2018.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the Fifth District, we’ve been talking a lot about carrying capacity these days.bOur office defines carrying capacity as the maximum number of visitors that a site can satisfy at one time. I think if you survey any west county resident, they’ll likely tell you we’re nearing, have reached or have far exceeded the area’s carrying capacity — especially during summer, when tourists seek respite from summertime heat, and especially along the river and coast.

 

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

Just before the Global Climate Action Summit, called by Governor Brown, in San Francisco from Sept. 14-18, thousands will march around the world, but especially in San Francisco, to “Stop Fossil Fuels and Build 100% Renewable Energy!”.

2018-08-23Aug 23, 2018

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today awarded a $410,000 grant to Trout Unlimited to recover a viable, self-sustaining population of coho salmon in the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County, California. Trout Unlimited will provide $410,000 in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of $820,000.

The grant was awarded through the Russian River Coho Program, a partnership between NFWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seeks to restore coho salmon in the Russian River by changing traditional water management practices on a watershed scale.

2018-08-23Aug 23, 2018

As droughts and wildfires become the norm in Northern California, rainwater catchment systems could play a role in making our communities more sustainable and resilient.

2018-08-14Aug 14, 2018
2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Whew. After one week of deliberations, the Board of Supervisors has ratified the county’s 2018-19 operating and capital budget, totalling $1.68 billion. Looking toward the future with the hope of rebuilding our County after last fall’s horrific fire, we approved a strategic budget that will help us ride out our current storm while also preparing for challenges we anticipate and expect in the future.

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