North Coast News

Federal, state and local officials collaborating to address wildfire-caused stormwater, flood, and erosion issues

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:53pm

California Water boards issued a fact sheet detailing agency response to fire cleanup, protection of human health and natural resources, actions to prevent runoff contamination, and actions and resources for residents. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/publications_and_forms/available_documents/pdf/2017/fire_response_updated_10.30.17.pdf

Emergency Project Permitting in Response to California Wildfires

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:54pm

On October 8, 2017, several catastrophic wildfires started in Northern California that claimed numerous lives, destroyed thousands of homes, burned businesses, and scorched more than 100,000 acres of land. The scale of these fires was unprecedented and will have lasting impacts on the communities and environment for years to come. The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (North Coast Water Board) and its staff are committed to working closely with the affected community to recover from this catastrophe. Quick steps to get a permit or authorization are provided. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/water_quality_certification/pdf/12012017_Update_State_of_Emergency_Permitting_Webpage.pdf

North Coast Regional Water Board Program for Discharges of Waste associated with the Production of Lily Bulbs

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:54pm

From 2013-2017, the Regional Water Board staff collected surface water, streambed sediment, and groundwater samples in the Smith River Plain in order to better understand water quality conditions related to Easter lily bulb production.  Two interim reports were released in November 2015; one documenting the surface water sampling and the other documenting the groundwater sampling.  In 2018, Regional Water Board staff updated the November 2015 Surface Water and Sediment Interim Monitoring Report to include additional information and data collected in 2015.   https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/agricultural_lands/lily/

NCRWQCB releases Roseland Area Groundwater Contamination Update

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:55pm

The fact sheet provides the geographic location, historical perspective, current efforts, and other cleanu sites in the greater Roseland Area. Also addresses redevelopment work, provides cleanup site locations, and provides references for additional information. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/publications_and_forms/available_documents/pdf/151021/Roseland_Fact_Sheet-October2015.pdf

Water contamination plagues surviving homes in Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:56pm

Water contamination plagues surviving homes in Santa Rosa’s Fountaingrove neighborhood

Santa Rosa officials are scrambling to figure out why the drinking water in a wildfire-ravaged section of Fountaingrove is contaminated with a chemical commonly found in plastics and gasoline. A team of local water quality officials, regulators and experts has been working for 2½ months to understand how the volatile hydrocarbon benzene is getting into the water system and how to fix the problem. They suspect the heat of the Tubbs fire, which incinerated 1,400 homes in the area, may have damaged parts of the water delivery system, such as plastic water pipes or meters, and caused the dangerous carcinogen to leach into the neighborhood’s water supply. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7914293-181/fountaingrove-water-contamination-a-mystery

Sonoma’s Coast no match for Rising Seas

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:56pm

Sonoma County’s coastal cliffs, softened by rain and pounded by ocean waves, are receding by as much as a foot a year and will surrender an area the size of Sebastopol by the end of the century, experts say, as climate change prompts sea levels to continue rising. The scenic cliffs, made of soft rock formed millions of years ago on the ocean floor, are no match for nature’s ceaseless forces. Related property loss in the county over that period could total as much as $700 million. Statewide, eroding coastal cliffs threaten billions of dollars’ worth of homes, highways, railways, businesses, military bases, universities, power plants and parks, and the North Bay has already seen the destructive and deadly consequences of the diminishing coastline. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7815746-181/sonoma-countys-coastal-cliffs-no?artslide=0

Eel River documentary ‘A River’s Last Chance’ to make Humboldt County premiere February 9

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:57pm

An award-winning documentary film on the long and storied history of California’s third largest river basin, the Eel River, is set to make its Humboldt County premiere Friday, February 9 in Eureka. The hour-long film, “A River’s Last Chance,” chronicles the history of the river from its birth 7 million years ago up to modern events such as the impacts of the “green rush” of cannabis farms, discussions on dam impacts and the struggles of salmon populations through the past 150 years. The film was directed, produced and written by former Humboldt County resident and filmmaker Shane Anderson and was filmed over a period of four years. http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180117/eel-river-documentary-a-rivers-last-chance-to-make-humboldt-county-premiere-friday

New NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack even before the snow falls

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:58pm

New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance. This prediction can be down to the scale of a mountain range, which will improve regional water forecasts. "In summer when people are thinking about 4th of July fireworks and barbeques, long before the first snow has fallen, our experimental prediction system tells us what the following March will be like," said Sarah Kapnick, a physical scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory who led the research that appears online today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Advances in global climate models and high quality ocean, atmospheric and land observations are helping us push the frontiers of snowpack prediction." https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/nh-nnr011918.php

District working with landowners on Salt River project

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:59pm

The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District is currently working with landowners to excavate and restore an additional 1.5 miles of the Salt River channel in the year ahead. This year’s phase of the $34 million total project aims to reduce flooding impact and restore wildlife habitat along a portion of the Salt River from where work ended last year near Arlynda Corners north of Ferndale to where the river crosses under the state Route 211 bridge. http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180124/district-working-with-landowners-on-salt-river-project