“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued
proposed regulations governing the way it reviews and approves
state water quality standards. The federal Clean Water Act
requires states to adopt water quality standards for every
surface water within their boundaries.
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week ordered
D&D Mobile Home Park to address violations of the Safe
Drinking Water Act. D&D, located on the Torres Martinez
Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Riverside County, was found
to have high levels of arsenic in its public system that provides
drinking water to its 300 mobile park residents.
“Two campgrounds in the Point Reyes National Seashore tested
positive for coliform bacteria in water in violation of
accepted state levels earlier this summer. … The two
sites draw water from the same water tank, said John Dell’Osso,
“That tank has since been drained and cleaned, and water
samples have passed tests.”
“The proposal to replace California Department of Public Health
as guardian for the state’s drinking water quietly slipped away
last week, dying in a committee. Assembly Bill 145 didn’t even
come to a vote in the state Senate. …
“A recently recognized threat to ocean health has the potential
to do more than just inflict a bad year on shellfish producers.
Ocean acidification could put us out of business permanently.
Caused by activities that generate pollution from factories, cars
and power plants, ocean acidification is physically changing the
chemistry in the ocean.”
“Charges for alleged water diversions, oil pollution and
marijuana cultivation along a creek in the Mattole River
watershed are being sought against four Ettersberg residents,
authorities said Wednesday. …
“Shasta County supervisors — hearing complaints from irate
rural residents who’ve seen neighborhoods go to pot and keen to
demonstrate some action — are once again talking about outright
banning any growing of marijuana in the unincorporated county.
“They’re right to want to do something. … Illegal water
diversions, unlicensed use of pesticides and poisons, and
illegal squatting on property have become all too common.
“According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer
Carma Roper, the multi-agency strike team removed about 4,000
marijuana plants from the site, as well as 350 pounds of
processed marijuana that was ready for transport and sale. …
‘Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems,’
Roper said. “As part of the illegal cultivation process,
growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and
diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation.
From the Southern California Water Committee (SCWC) Water Blog:
“Late last week, the California Department of Public Health
proposed a draft maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 parts
per billion (ppb) for Chromium-6 in drinking water. The federal
limit for total Chromium is 100 ppb —California would be the
first state in the nation to have a limit specifically on
“Chromium-6 occurs naturally in groundwater, and it’s been a
hot button topic in this state and across the country.
“Officials in Grass Valley are looking to the state for help on
costly water-handling mandates they say will impact customers
and dampen development.
“In February, Grass Valley’s state-issued water standards were
increased so that the city falls in line with the expectations
and requirements of much larger, more dense urban areas, said
Grass Valley’s Public Works Director and City Engineer Tim
“The proliferation of marijuana grows in Nevada County and the
rest of California harms the environment — and in extreme cases,
presents a significant health and safety risk to the general
public, according to public officials and scientists.”
“California became the first state in the nation on Thursday to
propose a safe-water limit on cancer-causing chromium-6, made
famous in the film ‘Erin Brockovich.’
“The California Department of Public Health proposed a maximum
contaminate level — or MCL — of 10 parts per billion for the
carcinogen, which gained notoriety after residents of the High
Desert town of Hinkley won a settlement from Pacific Gas &
Electric over well water tainted by chromium-6.”
“California became the first state in the nation Thursday to
propose limiting a carcinogen found in drinking water
throughout the state, but environmentalists say the recommended
standard under the plan is too lax.
“Under rules proposed by the state Department of Public Health,
hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium-6, would be capped
in drinking water at a level of 10 parts per billion, 500 times
higher than the limit of .02 parts per billion suggested by the
state’s Environmental Protection Agency.”
“An agreement has reportedly been reached between the Central
Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Butte
County Sheriff’s Office that will result in state water agents,
escorted by sheriff’s deputies, going into marijuana gardens to
investigate pollution charges.
“The agreement came out of a closed door meeting earlier this
week in Sacramento between water quality officials, Butte
County Sheriff Jerry Smith, representatives from Gov.
“Since its founding, [Scott] Harrison’s charity [charity:
water] has worked in 20 countries, but it has spent more
money drilling wells and setting up hand pumps in Tigray than
anywhere else — projected to be some $27 million by the end of
this year. By trying to ensure that the region’s entire rural
population, some four million people, has access to clean water,
Harrison hopes to be able to offer proof (a word he loves) that
the global water crisis is solvable.
“The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site
when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots
collected jars of dirt as part of an extensive effort to clean
up from a partial nuclear meltdown a half century ago.
“Parties that inherited the toxic mess face a 2017 deadline to
restore the sprawling hilltop complex on the outskirts of Los
Angeles to its condition before chemical and radioactive wastes
leached into the soil and groundwater.”