The East Bay’s largest water supplier failed to give the public
an adequate explanation of a 9.75 percent water increase, the
first of two big increases in consecutive years, Alameda County’s
civil grand jury has concluded.
Homeless camps are becoming a growing source of wildland fires in
San Rafael, and given the severity of this year’s fire threat
they are a hazard that needs to be cleaned up. … The
drought has left the landscape parched and there is extreme risk
of a wildland fire growing out of control.
The strange ways of Mother Nature were on display this year when
a record number of Marin County’s storied coho salmon migrated to
the ocean, an astonishing quirk for a fishery otherwise ravaged
Marin’s two largest water agencies report their customers have
done slightly better than other Bay Area residents in conserving
water since Gov. Jerry Brown called for a 20 percent voluntary
cutback in January.
San Francisco’s Ocean Beach may be one long stretch of sand, but
no fewer than six government bureaucracies are tasked with
keeping it and the neighboring Great Highway from washing away as
winter storms and rising seas batter them.
A state appeals court has restored the authority of California
water regulators to direct reductions in cold-weather sprays by
grape growers and other waterfront farmers along the Russian
River that have led to deaths of endangered species of salmon.
Opponents of fluoridated water opened a new front in their
campaign Monday, urging the Healdsburg City Council to put
warning labels in utility bills advising residents not to mix
city water with baby formula for infants under 6 months old.
Environmentalists who want to bolster endangered coho salmon
populations are hoping to launch an initiative to purchase homes
along San Geronimo Creek, make them fish-friendly, then return
them to market at affordable prices.
“Not satisfied with their efforts to kill a plan for addressing
Sonoma County’s horrendous dental problem among children, the
anti-fluoridation folks have turned their sights on Healdsburg,
hoping to pull the plug on a program that has existed there for
“The Ross Valley Sanitary District has known for a long time that
its sewer system is old and failing. … In addition, the
district has been slapped with costly fines by the state San
Francisco Bay Water Regional Quality Control Board, the agency
assigned to stem pollution.”