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2020-07-09Jul 9, 2020

The Groundwater Sustainability Workshops being held in July 15– july 29  will provide an opportunity for well owners, farmers and others in Petaluma Valley, Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain to learn about groundwater in these basins and to help define local, sustainable groundwater management. Community workshops help the County get ideas and feedback from those who have wells in the basin and who rely on groundwater for their livelihood. 

2020-06-24Jun 24, 2020

On Nov. 22, 2016, a Citizens’ Petition was presented to the Environmental Protection Abency (EPA) under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Petition requested EPA “to protect the public and susceptible subpopulations from the neurotoxic risks of fluoride by banning the addition of fluoridation chemicals to water". In 2017, after EPA denied the Citizen Petition, a suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco, as allowed under TSCA.  The trial began Monday June 8, 2020, and was scheduled to conclude Friday June 19, 2020. For the first time in its 44-year history citizens reached the trial stage of a lawsuit under TSCA. After final arguments concluded on Thursday June 18th, Judge Edward M. Chen (the Court) made a surprise proposal that he defer judgement, while EPA and the plaintiffs discuss a solution that will satisfy both.

2020-05-15May 15, 2020

California Trout, the Round Valley Indian Tribes, the County of Humboldt, Mendocino County Inland Water and Power Commission and Sonoma Water formed the Two-Basin Partnership last fall. The Partnership developed the Feasibility Study Report filed with FERC. The group is also exploring options for developing a governance structure for future ownership and operations of the facilities.  The Partnership is an outgrowth of an ad hoc committee convened by Congressman Jared Huffman. That group identified co-equal goals for a two-basin solution. These include minimizing or avoiding adverse impacts to water supply reliability, fisheries restoration, water quality improvements and recreation enhancements in the Russian and Eel River basins. One specific priority is improving fish passage and habitat on the Eel River with the goal of recovering native migratory fish like salmon and steelhead, including full access to habitat upstream of Scott Dam.

2020-05-09May 9, 2020

In order to maintain our status as a self-help county and deliver critical transportation projects, the SCTA is considering a sales tax extension for the November 2020 ballot.  RFP: Water Upgrades $ave Program Operator The new BayREN Water Upgrades $ave program helps Bay Area water customers install water efficiency upgrades — with no upfront cost. As the program is we getting ready to launch, RCPA is seeking a Program Operator. The SCTA Board will also vote on funding for transportation projects that reduce air pollution as well as funding for bike and pedestrian projects. Board Members will be video-conferencing into the Board of Directors Meeting via Zoom. Members of the public who wish to listen to the Board of Directors meeting may do so via the following platform. Read more to get the link.

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