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RRWPC Newsletter, September 2018

Endocrine Disrupting chemicals cause reproductive confusion in fish and others…..
In 1994, we were intrigued by a short two paragraph article in Science News claiming that male fish swimming downstream of wastewater treatment plants showed indications of being both male and female, as their male sexual organs had produced immature female eggs. What was going on?

Major Septic Policy revision

Explanation regarding major changes in OWTS Regulation from Permit Sonoma Website: Main Revisions The main differences from the County’s current septic system policy in the proposed manual include: · Permit Types. There are three types ...

July 2018, Newsletter: Numerous River Issues Reviewed

Russian River issues changing rapidly and becoming far more complex….
The fire, the drought, atmospheric rivers, a warming environment and sea level rise, along with strong motivations for expansive economic growth, are all conditions currently demanding dramatic changes in water policy. Similarly, a history of poor groundwater management, and problematic land use policies have created urgent situations that need to be addressed. This letter describes some of the forces at work.

Strong pressure for new housing….
• There is strong pressure for increased housing development in Sonoma County due to a dire housing shortage. More and more apartments are being built that will accommodate more people in smaller units. Water demand will greatly increase during summer, when far less water is available. Stringent conservation will be critical and stricter regulations on water use will become the norm.

Update on Septic Regulations, 5/1/2018

Here are updates on several key issues: County Revisions on New Septic System Regulations and Notice of Board of Supervisors meeting date change for item: · Both the County and the Regional Water Quality Control Board are revising ...

Report on 3/30/2018 PRMD Meeting: Septic Regulations

Dear River friends and supporters: I attended the 3.5 hour meeting last Friday with the lead County Planner (Nathan Quarles: 707.565.1146) on the proposed new County septic regulations. Approximately 60 people attended and the whole ...

RRWPC Newsletter, May 2018

Update on Fish Flow (low flow) Project……
The Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) had been working on responses to comments regarding Fish Flow (low flow) Project since comments were submitted on March 10, 2017, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Recently, SCWA staff announced that there would be a revision to the comment response schedule. When questioned further, senior staff informed us privately of the following (no official announcement yet):
• The State Water Board staff requested that SCWA make major revisions to the document in order to clarify technical computer model analyses, but there may be other changes requested as well. We have no details as yet.
• In response to legal conflicts between the Endangered Species Act which protects the salmon (low flow will supposedly provide betters habitat for the fish), and the North Coast Basin Plan which prohibits bio-stimulatory substances to be discharged that lead to toxic algae,