Thousands of Sonoma County residents who rely on groundwater will likely see new fees on their property tax bill next fall, helping pay for a legally required groundwater regulatory plan. Local agencies governing groundwater resources were created in 2017 following the passage of a landmark California law intended to safeguard the previously unregulated water supply.
Fairfax resident Larry Stratton was one attendee who spoke at the Marin Municipal Water District’s public forum on e-bikes at the Corte Madera Community Center on Tuesday. The district is considering revising its e-bike prohibition on the Mount Tamalpais watershed and held the forum to garner the public’s views.
Supervisors will consider the possibility of issuing a request for proposals from developers for the sale of the Chanate Road land, comprised of 12 separate parcels, in its entirety or smaller pieces. Certain parcels would be excluded from a potential sale, including a 26-acre plot owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency and a nearly 10-acre parcel that will be dedicated for public access and use, according to a staff report.
Some of that Bay Area tax voters approved for saving and restoring baylands is making its way back to Marin. In 2016, 73.5 percent of Marin voters endorsed a $12 annual parcel tax to create and fund the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, and the agency just awarded Marin a $520,000 grant to help design a project that would restore 85 to 155 acres of wetlands around Novato’s Deer Island.
After nearly a year of public input on the issue, the Marin Municipal Water District is considering revising its electronic bike restrictions in the Mount Tamalpais watershed. … “We’re doing our due diligence to explore all the pros and cons of allowing e-bikes on fire roads,” said Crystal Yezman, the district’s facilities and watershed division manager.
One night, my [Caille Millner] husband came home with an announcement: he’d adopted a drain. … He told me about contacting the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which has run an Adopt-a-Drain program since 2016, and selecting the large drain at the corner of our street.
Precipitation since Oct. 1 across the key watersheds of Northern California — eight areas from Lake Tahoe to Mount Shasta that feed many of the state’s largest reservoirs — are running just below average so far this winter. As of Sunday, the “Northern Sierra eight-station index” has recorded 8.4 inches of precipitation, 83 percent of normal for this time of year.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.
Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard Santos:
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.
With no end to the extreme dry weather in sight, Marin water officials are waiting to see whether state leaders will make the move to allow local authorities to slap water wasters with unprecedented fines of up to $500 a day.
This newspaper will host a free public forum, entitled “Dry Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues,” scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 17 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. …
Joining the discussion will be: Jim Fiedler, Santa Clara Valley Water District chief operating officer; Arthur R.
A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in C.W. Nevius’ column:
Gleneagles, the quirky, challenging, everyman’s golf course in one of San Francisco’s roughest neighborhoods, is having trouble making ends meet. … However, the latest blow, a major increase in water rates, has course operator Tom Hsieh wondering if the effort is worth it.