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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.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

I’ve been thinking about Earth Day, remembering the first one in 1970. Gathering at the Laguna Festival of Arts grounds, holding my two-month old son, I had such great hope.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

Many people have asked me, “How have the birds done in the fires? What did they do?” This is a very complicated question. There are many different species of birds and they each have their unique adaptations to different environments. However, fire isn’t anything new that birds and other wildlife have not encountered in the past.

2017-11-20Nov 20, 2017

As the recent North Bay fires raged, confusion, grief and shock gripped the entire community. In the depths of this chaos, local businesses, farmers, chefs, and wellness professionals came together to support the evacuees, volunteers and first responders with hot meals, holistic services, child care, and moral support. It was truly inspiring to see the care and generosity of the people who rallied offering so much support that within three days of the outbreak places were turning away donations and volunteers.

2017-11-16Nov 16, 2017

On a rainy night in early November, about 60 area high school students gathered at Montgomery High School to share innovative ideas about creating a better, more sustainable future at the Center for Climate Protection's (CCP) fifth annual Green Teen Gathering.

2017-11-14Nov 14, 2017

Sonoma County has been impacted by multiple disasters in 2017. In addition to the devastation to our community’s homes and families, the disasters have revealed the dangers posed by hazardous wastes that many of us have in our homes, garages, and out-buildings. Please help us keep our communities safe by properly disposing of hazardous waste before disaster strikes again. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency is offering four special Community Toxics Collections to allow you to get rid of those hazardous materials in the coming weeks.

2017-11-11Nov 11, 2017

On Sunday, November 12th, the City of Santa Rosa will host a press conference on the potential impacts of incoming rain in the Fountaingrove area, and provide important information for area residents. 

2017-11-06Nov 6, 2017

Even before the smoke cleared,
people were talking about rebuilding Sonoma County.

But what does that look like?
Who will make the decisions?
How can we all become stronger together?

2017-11-06Nov 6, 2017

Community meetings are planned this month to receive input on a stormwater resources plan for the Petaluma River and Sonoma Creek watersheds that will identify projects that utilize stormwater from heavy rainfall for beneficial uses, such as flood protection, recharge of groundwater, slowing erosion from hillsides, and improving water quality in creeks and streams.

2017-11-03Nov 3, 2017

As the rainy season approaches, multiple state, regional and local agencies are preparing for the potential impacts of the recent wildfires on urban and rural communities.

2017-10-26Oct 26, 2017

The sound of the street sweeper is music to my ears. As the street sweeper drives down the street the sound of the street sweeper vacuum unit reminds me that the sweeper is our first line of defense in preventing debris from entering the storm drain system. By keeping debris out of our storm drain system, the street sweeper is doing its part to prevent debris from entering our creeks and rivers.

2017-10-26Oct 26, 2017
2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

The decision on WHERE cannabis can be grown has only partly been decided as Sonoma County enters into farming and selling this now legal crop in California. People who voted to make this beneficial plant legal so that it can be grown for fiber, medicinal solutions, as well as recreational use, are afraid of WHERE this crop will be grown The ease of stealing and selling it attracts criminals and has caused death to innocent people living near grows.

2017-09-06Sep 6, 2017

On the last day of July, Occupy Sonoma County hosted a gathering of local climate change activists at the Peace & Justice Center. The purpose of this summit was to introduce ourselves and our various climate change campaigns to one another. Over 70 people, representing 25 different organizations, attended. Climate change activism is alive and well in Sonoma County. 

2017-03-01Mar 1, 2017

This is our 14th Annual Guide to Gardening in Sonoma County… which includes gardening resources located from Sonoma to the Coast and from Cloverdale to Petaluma. Articles are written by landscaping professionals to educate you on gardening techniques, encouraging a healthy insect population, tree care and more.Please use our guide to find and support locally-owned garden businesses.  And please SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS who make this guide possible! See Below for an Advertisers Index and# onour Map to make it easy for you to find them.THANK YOU!

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

When discussing the conservation of natural resources within Sonoma County, it’s hard to avoid the elephant in the room. That elephant is our prosperous wine industry. Despite how much wine benefits our local economy, we cannot ignore its negative environmental impacts to our unique and fragile ecosystem.

 

2018-03-27Mar 27, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-03-20Mar 20, 2018

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long-term environmental sustainability.  Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the look, feel, and functionality of the landscapes in the neighborhoods being rebuilt.

2018-03-19Mar 19, 2018

Sonoma County Rises, a community based, wildfire recovery focused organization, has launched aCommunity Outreach Survey to gain insight into Sonoma County residents’ attitudes five months after the October wildfires. The Survey, atwww.socorises.org, seeks to gain information from a broad section of the community living here now to best inform and guide decision-makers about what matters most as they plan for recovery and rebuilding.

2018-03-18Mar 18, 2018

Dr. Lisa Micheli leads Pepperwood Preserve in East Sonoma County and it just turns out that the work they do has had a huge impact on understanding fire as a normal part of our ecology. Because they study fire's impact on the environment, when the Tubbs Fire came roaring over the hills and ran right through Pepperwood, they had cameras, temperature gauges, wind gauges and everything already in place that gave them an amazing amount of information on Fire Ecology.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In an instant back in October, the fires changed our community. For many people, there was terrible trauma—emotional, physical, and financial; for others, while less, it was still palpable. What do we know about how individuals and communities successfully manage massive traumas from natural disasters?

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

In my lifetime, I have watched a larger and larger divide between rich and poor. I’ve watched the middle class evaporating, and the homeless population exploding.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

wo women are talking. “Every time I am down in the dumps, I get a new hat.”

“Is THAT where you get them!”

2018-04-17Apr 17, 2018

Earth Day is coming upon us! Do you know what that means? April 22nd marks the day we get to focus on the environment, learn more about conservation, be out in nature, and promote a healthy, sustainable environment.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

Empowered by Youth Advocates, Sixth Local School Board Speaks Up for Climate Action to Protect Current and Future Students Sonoma County School Board Members Lead Nation in Non-Partisan Call for Climate Action to Protect Current and Future Students.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The incredibly bright planet Venus, which was “The Morning Star” for most of last year, has been slowly making her return as “The Evening Star” since late January, gradually climbing higher and higher in the western sky, but still appearing relatively low all month long.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

What if you could have an earth-friendly lawn that was low-maintenance, soft to play on, and saved you money on your water bill? You can! There are some great water-wise alternatives now that fulfill the same role as a lawn, while reducing water use, fertilizer and herbicide use, and time spent on the lawnmower.

2018-03-16Mar 16, 2018

The devastating wildfires of 2017 brought themes of resilience to the forefront in the north bay region. As local communities rebuild, we reflect on the effects of fire storming over the landscape and we wonder what we could do better.

2018-03-13Mar 13, 2018

He was conceived and born at home on the Inverness Ridge between Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean. His father taught him how to surf from a very early age.

2018-03-13Mar 13, 2018

The Community Soil Foundation raises awareness of the practices and methods of market organic farming and it’s benefits on community, health and ecology, while offering students and members of the community an opportunity to learn how to grow as well as gain directly organic food production in Sonoma County, California.

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

A key mission of the Sonoma County Beekeepers’ Association is to encourage people to plant for our pollinators—including not only for our precious honey bees but also many other native species of bees and bumblebees.

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

A series of community workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on options for short-term funding of Sonoma County’s Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs). The workshops will take place in the three groundwater basins in Sonoma County immediately affected by California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): Santa Rosa Plain, Sonoma Valley and Petaluma Valley

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

As Sonoma’s only completely pesticide, herbicide and fungicide-free nursery, we at Sonoma Valley Wholesale Nursery have spent two decades experimenting with environmentally sustainable plant solutions. One wonderful discovery years ago was introducing chickens to control the snail and slug population. Our chickens are now such talented pest control champions that I must search high and low for the little mollusks.

2018-03-06Mar 6, 2018

Since 2004, my husband Doug and I have owned Beekind Honey in Sebastopol. We opened the shop in a very tiny portion of where it exists today. Doug had been beekeeping for seven years when we opened the store, I as always, the beekeeper’s keeper, was convinced that this amazing local honey that Doug and other local Sonoma County beekeepers were collecting had great unique value.

2018-04-14Apr 14, 2018

Matching Grant Applications Accepted through June 6!
We are pleased to report that considerable interest has been shown in our Matching Grant Program this funding cycle. To allow more time for interested public agencies and nonprofits to apply, we are extending the application deadline from April 30 to Wednesday, June 6, at 5pm. This year, funding through the program can help support recovery efforts in fire-impacted communities through the restoration of habitats, acquisition and development of land for community open space, and other projects. Eligible projects that aid in rebuilding and recovery efforts in affected communities may be given preference. The Matching Grant Program budget for the 2018 cycle is $4 million. 

2018-03-05Mar 5, 2018

The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) will take place onMay 5th! Now in its eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by theSonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use, sustainable landscaping. Tour participants will learn water-saving strategies and garden tips from homeowners while perusing gorgeous gardens and mingling with neighbors.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

With a growing ecological crisis looming; including severe droughts, top soil depletion, loss of biodiversity and watershed pollution, our approach to landscaping requires a shift from degenerative to regenerative design and installation.

2018-03-02Mar 2, 2018

What does the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway have in common with the increased popularity of bicycling in Santa Rosa? Cycling infrastructure included in the Southeast Greenway is the next important project to create a way to move around the Santa Rosa Plain on a bike without having to engage with cars. As our city continues to define itself as a cycling destination, Greenway bike paths will become an attraction for cyclists – both residents and visitors alike

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

The long-awaited parking lot at the Jenner Headlands Preserve is almost ready for its grand opening. Located 1.5 miles north of Jenner on Coast Highway One, volunteers are busy planting landscaping plants, while work crews put the finishing touches on the infra-structure.

 

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Discovering what wildflowers are popping out along the trails – everything from little tiny ground-hugging flowers to bushes and trees – a rainbow of colors.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

This is known as the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox. The word Equinox is a Latin term which means “equal night”. On this day, Earth’s northern and southern hemispheres both receive equal amounts of day and night AND as a visual testament to this occurrence, the sun rises due east and sets due west—again on this day only.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 2018

Sonoma County has a wealth of opportunities and organizations to learn more about gardening, agriculture, encouraging pollinators in your garden, establishing greywater systems and more. Use this Resource Guide to learn more.

2018-03-01Mar 1, 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!

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $1m in the 2017-18 fiscal year to address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. $250,000 of that money was granted to West County Community Services by the Board of Supervisors for rapid re-housing.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

Bill Keene, Manager of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, told numerous Roseland residents he would seek to have a sub-committee set up as soon as possible to address concerns about Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department plans for the Roseland Creek Nature Preserve.

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.

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

In an instant back in October, the fires changed our community. For many people, there was terrible trauma—emotional, physical, and financial; for others, while less, it was still palpable. What do we know about how individuals and communities successfully manage massive traumas from natural disasters?

2018-02-28Feb 28, 2018

As most Gazette readers are well aware, solutions to climate change exist and are needed now more than ever. We are implementing them every day at the Center for Climate Protection, and our ECO2school Program is squarely focused on giving young people opportunities to lead with climate solutions.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

The OAEC non-profit nursery is the outward face of our 45-year-old esteemed Mother Garden and represents an outreach into the community of the experience, work and wisdom we’ve gained from working the land in the same place since 1974.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

Starting a huge environmental restoration in the aftermath of the Wine Country wildfires, more than 1,000 volunteers are gathering acorns to grow new oak trees for fire-damaged areas. Environmentalists spearheading the emergency oak brigade said so many people signed up to collect, box, and mail in acorns from the North Bay that it briefly crashed the server of the California Native Plant Society over the weekend.

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-02-27Feb 27, 2018

How can we nurture our HAPPY home? One way is to make sure as we plan our gardens this year so that we provide what all living beings need: water and clean air.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

What does the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway have in common with the increased popularity of bicycling in Santa Rosa? Eric Anderson, co-owner of the recently renovated Astro Motel, which caters to cyclists, had this to say: 

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

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

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Ronni Sands began to teach at Summerfield almost 25 years ago at a time when there was no permaculture garden and no Sophia Hall. There was no track, there were no green houses on the farm, and no shed.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Like the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Pepperwood may be home to quiescent natural beauties waiting arousal. Seeds can be present in soil but lay dormant for years, even decades.

2018-04-02Apr 2, 2018

The summit is coming. No, it’s not a meeting of government officials. There will be no presidents, prime ministers and plutocrats in attendance, but rather students and teachers who care about climate change, sustainability and resilience, not just in the classroom as an academic exercise, but also in “real life,” as educators like to call it.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Though many of us were taken by surprise by the fires last fall, if the plants that live at Pepperwood could talk I bet they would say they were not that surprised. In fact, I bet they would say they were prepared. Our local vegetation has evolved a number of clever ways to regenerate after fire.

2018-02-16Feb 16, 2018

Like the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Pepperwood may be home to quiescent natural beauties waiting arousal. Seeds can be present in soil but lay dormant for years, even decades.

2018-02-12Feb 12, 2018

After the fires, our normal greetings were replaced by three quick questions to our friends and neighbors we encountered in the next month after the fires: How are you? How’s your family? Did your house make it?  The varying responses, hugs, and connections made with former acquaintances that became neighbors and friends changed our concept of community. We all faced some level of shock, terror, and sustained fear for those weeks following the initial event, which for most was slowly replaced by grief, acceptance, and motivation to do something productive.

2018-02-11Feb 11, 2018

The number of applications in Petaluma has jumped from one to SIX commercial (up to 1 acre) cannabis farms within a three-mile radius. The county has not indicated that they are thinking about the concentration of cannabis in our area, nor are they addressing the cumulative impact of these applications on our area's overall water, traffic, safety, etc. Our area is under siege. This is a huge problem and we are planning to address it with David Rabbit at our next meeting.

2018-02-07Feb 7, 2018

On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will hold its annual meeting to review projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. This year’s meeting will include a walking tour of a habitat enhancement project on Dry Creek

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

During the fires, the question came up regularly: “How bad is the risk from all of this smoke, and is it long-term?” Also, recently a major medical journal stated that there are 20 million premature deaths a year worldwide due to air pollution. While US ozone levels and pollution have improved over recent decades due to government regulations, the Trump administration is now cutting funds to the EPA and gutting protection for air quality.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

As a boy growing up in Sonoma County and small-town Santa Rosa, I was fortunate to have the creeks, rivers, Redwood forests and the wild and pristine coast to call my playground.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

Back on December 21st, the Winter Solstice marked the shortest day (and longest night) of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. By now, you probably have noticed the days getting longer as the sun has been slowly heading north, eventually setting in the northwest on June 21st, which will mark the Summer Solstice – the longest day and shortest night of the year.

2018-02-05Feb 5, 2018

February, February…what to do in the garden? Most plants are dormant. Too early for annual vegetables. Already sowed cover crop and mulched beds. Eating most of my weeds.

2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018

His license plate reads WWS ERA, which stands for Mark Z. Jacobson’s predicted era of Wind, Water, and Solar energy. Dr. Jacobson, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford and director of its Atmosphere/Energy Program, spoke at the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma on January 4th—an event co-sponsored by Sonoma Clean Power.

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

Breaking News: Iconic Berry’s Saw Mill and property in Cazadero are for sale. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District should take note, as this historic property is just over the hill from the Jenner Headlands Preserve and would complement the Preserve/Pole Mountain acquisitions in so many ways.

 

2018-02-01Feb 1, 2018

Love Knows No Boundaries—loving the whole Earth and all creatures.

In line with this month’s theme, let’s talk about deforestation and how planting trees can reduce global warming and air pollution, while supplying habitat for living beings. Eighty percent of earth’s plants and animals live in forests, many of them threatened with extinction.

2018-01-31Jan 31, 2018

As December closes and the start of the New Year has begun, I can’t help but look at the year that Sonoma County had. Boy, was it a year.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

We encourage dialogue among our readers and with us. Please send your LETTERS to vesta@sonic.net

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

How exactly does wildfire work? Why did our recent fires burn where they did? Once I was able to move out of emergency mode, as an educator and someone who is “science curious”, I wanted to learn more about wildfire. Here is what I have found out.

2018-01-30Jan 30, 2018

I heard Professor Gregory Simon on KPFA radio talking about his book Flame and Fortune in the American West as I was evacuating to my sister’s in Petaluma due to smoke and encroaching fire near my home in Sonoma Valley.

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

It is not cliche to say that one person can make a difference. There are things that we can do, as teens, to reduce our carbon emissions and be the change we wish to see in this world. 

2018-01-22Jan 22, 2018

In many parts of the country the song of the American Robin represents the arrival of spring. Here in Northern California, we have come to welcome the American Robin as a winter visitor, as well as a spring nester.

2018-01-10Jan 10, 2018

Concerned anglers will want to know that endangered coho are particularly vulnerable during periods of low flow during their spawning season. Anglers could easily catch one without intending to and, potentially, face penalties associated with harming them. Knowing how to identify coho salmon, steelhead, and Chinook is a critical skill for anyone fishing in the Russian River.

2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

With the new cannabis laws starting January 1, and with Santa Rosa positioned to be a hub in the industry, it seems worthwhile to revisit the role of medical marijuana in this new legal climate.

2018-01-05Jan 5, 2018

Happy New Year! January always seems to be an interesting time, psychologically speaking. The holidays are behind us and we are in the early throws of winter, which always has me feeling slightly melancholy - to put it mildly.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Daily Acts is excited to announce the 2018 Community Resilience Challenge, an annual community mobilization campaign that runs April through the end of May and inspires thousands of people to save water, grow food, conserve energy, reduce waste, and build community in Sonoma County.

2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018

When discarded, the toxicity of electronic waste functions as an eroding agent on clean water, healthy soil, and fresh air. The impacts of improperly disposed e-waste are measurable, harmful, and applicable on a global scale.

2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018

We are ringing in the New Year after the driest December in the last 100 years of local weather record keeping. Hopefully we will get the rain we desperately need – soon! We don’t want to even think about the “D” word! Between the dead and dying drought-stressed Pines and Firs and the Tan Bark Oak scourge Sudden Oak Death Syndrome, fire abatement crews have their hands full. 

2018-01-03Jan 3, 2018

The devastating fires of October 2017 have created serious challenges for residents, many of whom are concerned about soil erosion, toxic runoff, and the health of fire-ravaged landscapes. Read on for insights and advice on these issues, presented by our staff of expert ecologists.

 

2018-01-02Jan 2, 2018

The last three years have been the hottest on record, with last year the hottest year NOT affected by an El Niño. Accompanying this global temperature rise have been record heatwaves, flooding, droughts, Atlantic hurricanes, and, of course, wildfires throughout the Western US, as well as Portugal.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Bioremediation can be defined as any process that uses microorganisms,fungi,green plants or theirenzymes to return the natural environment altered by contaminants to its original condition.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

As always I looked forward to Daily Acts annual “Ripple the World” breakfast October 12th at the Santa Rosa Veteran’s Memorial Building.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Laguna de Santa Rosa Docent, Guide and Greeter Training has it all: opportunities to spend time in nature, contribute to the community, take positive action, grow, learn about our home environment, make new friends, and renew yourself in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

If by this time in the season when you open your stove’s door and smoke pours into the room, the chimney system needs sweeping! With long cold seasons, as this one is, sweeping the chimney 2 times a season is somewhat common.  Don’t ignore this: a clean chimney = good chimney draw (the pull of heat up the chimney) = good heat into the room.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

It’s that time of year again….weed season. There are tender little weedy greens popping up all over my garden, and probably yours too. For most of us, these little bursts of life just look like one more entry on a nagging to-do list building up for spring….reorganize the attic, dust the baseboards, pull the weeds.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

As such an integral part of our society, petroleum products are constantly being drilled for, transported, and processed. Being environmentally hazardous there are many laws to protect ecosystems from suffering for the ecologically deleterious nature of our actions.

2018-03-30Mar 30, 2018

Recent news that Sonoma County’s overall health ranking has fallen to No. 7 in the state, down two places from last year in a state-wide health survey, should concern us all. More alarming was the Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ January 2018 report noting that our childhood cancer rate is the 4th highest in California and that cancer is the leading cause of death in all age groups.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

What’s your bottom line? Is it money or the continuity of life on this planet?

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Throughout the past century, industrial, military, and farming activities have released many organopollutants into the environment. Some of these (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), trinitrotoluene (TNT), and DDT) are persistent in the environment and have potential toxic effects. Removing these organopollutants from the soil in an ecologically responsible, safe, and cost-effective way is a top concern for land management agencies. Bioremediation using various microbial organisms is one way to do this.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

The October firestorms that blazed through Sonoma County deeply affected everyone and left us grappling with the question of how to respond. Having evacuated twice myself and narrowly escaped losing my house, I was searching for a way I could contribute and help heal our community.

2017-12-29Dec 29, 2017

Most of our native oak species are adapted to fire, which means that they can live through fires of light to moderate intensity. Wildland fires were frequent in California before modern fire suppression activities.

2017-12-26Dec 26, 2017

The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to help residents assess their risk and prepare for flooding, a post-fire hazard map is now available atwww.SonomaCountyRecovers.org.

 

2017-11-30Nov 30, 2017

As Santa Rosa recovers from the unprecedented wildfires disaster, it is our top priority to help those affected by the rebuilding process. We’d like to share a few updates and new resources that provide assistance and answer questions regarding the fire recovery efforts.

2017-11-29Nov 29, 2017

In his book Drawdown, Paul Hawken lists food waste as the third largest combatible cause of climate change. His research indicates that with a 50% reduction in food waste by 2050, we could reduce emissions equal to 26.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide, or 8% of greenhouse gases.

2017-11-27Nov 27, 2017

Even before the fires, oaks needed help. Populations have been in decline with seedlings and young trees nearly absent. The number of oaks killed by the fires is not known, but it is clear that many have died.

2017-11-26Nov 26, 2017

Every year for the last 8 years, Leslie Curchack has published a calendar of her photographs and donated the proceeds to Daily Acts, a nonprofit sustainability group started by Trathen Heckman 17 years ago.

2017-11-24Nov 24, 2017

COMPOST: Technically speaking, compost is organic matter that has decomposed. The easiest way to make compost is to pile up garden refuse (plus kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps if you’re inclined) then wait a year.

2018-03-28Mar 28, 2018

Spring on the Sonoma Coast offers residents of the County, as well as visitors, many amazing visual delights - wildflowers everywhere, migrating Pacific Gray Whales, Pacific Harbor Seal pups, especially at the Goat Rock Beach colony, and birds in breeding plumage and sitting on nests on the rocks off the coast that are part of the California Coastal National Monument.

2017-11-24Nov 24, 2017

Rain! Precious rain! A blessing that fills our creeks & rivers and recharges the over-spent aquifers. The showers we have recently experienced are an indicator that our winter storm cycles are upon us, and that we can finally breathe a sigh of relief as our fire-fears are extinguished.

2017-11-24Nov 24, 2017

The major astronomical event this month occurs on December 21st at 8:16 am, when Earth’sNorthern Hemisphere will be tilted away from the sun at it’s greatest angle – known asThe Winter Solstice. Typically this is also the shortest day of the year and conversely the longest night of the year.

2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017

As the rainy season starts, multiple state, regional and local agencies are preparing for the potential impacts of the recent wildfires on our communities.

2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017

As we cope with the massive impact of the fires in our community, the current and future health impacts have started to come into focus.

2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017

How did the Bird Rescue Center fare in the fires? Fortunately, ours is a story of Bravery and Hope.

 

2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017

“And then there were none!” I would love to write that, but right now I can only write, “And then there was one.” And that one is the US, the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases emissions (per capita the first), which last June said it would pull out of the Paris Climate Accords.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

What good can ever come from a call at 2 A.M. in the morning! The night of October 9th, I went to bed after hearing all the media noises over the possibilities of nuclear attack reaching California from North Korea.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

This is a personal account of the Cannabis Advisory Board Meeting held at the Permit Resource Management Department(PRMD) in Santa Rosa on Wednesday 9/27/17. I was delayed in writing this because of the fire, but I believe my personal perspective is of value to readers.

 

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

As I write this, the ground is wet and the clouds dispersing after the first rains. Not long ago, the landscape was on fire and smoke was everywhere. Now Sonoma County is recovering, rebuilding and restoring our communities and landscape. Our world has shifted again.

2017-11-21Nov 21, 2017

When most people think about cannabis cultivation, it conjures up an image of a warehouse filled with rows of plants growing under the glow of artificial light. The operation consumes electricity. A lot of it. And the carefully controlled growing environment feels more like an industrial manufacturing facility.

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Call 855-483-3732 to find out about Folding, Cargo & BionX Bikes. Perfect for a SMART Train Ride!

Flower Shops and Florists of Sonoma County

Please support locally-owned businesses and tell them the Gazette sent you - THANK YOU!

Locally-Owned Jewelry Businesses in Sonoma County

Find Goldsmiths and Jewelers who create custom designs, offer jewelry repair, estate appraisals, and gems.

Fine Tree Care - Sonoma County Tree Services

Please use the Gazette's Guide to find LOCALLY-OWNED Garden Businesses to support Sonoma County's environmental and economic health and vitality.