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Chris Malan's watershed newsletter

Chris Malan | May 4, 2015 on: Watershed Issues

Draft State Regulations for urban water conservation

This Drought Resolution provides a framework for us to insist that the BOS take actions such as:
-stopping the Milliken Sarco Tulocay-MST- groundwater aquifer from on-going depleting
-A Sustainable Groundwater Management Plan that protects aquatic resources-salmon are on the verge of extirpation
-Preventing the trucking of North Bay Aqueduct water (Sierra snow fall is 15% of normal) to supply the County with water for vines and wine where practices are not sustainable and demonstrate waste and unreasonable use, i.e., such as the Woolls winery project.


Our drinking water is poisoned by disinfectant by-products and the City of Napa is Cited for violation

The drought is compounding water quality problems existing in the Napa River watershed, pollution due to nutrient loading. Now the general public is seeing the environmental impacts from watershed degradation first hand or rather at the tap, our drinking water. If chemicals run into the reservoirs (pesticides, herbicides, biocides, fertilizers) where we get our drinking water, the water purification systems can be overwhelmed. In this particular situation the City of Napa can not achieve water quality standards for ‘biomass’ control as evidenced that disinfecting by-products surpass Safe Drinking Water Act x2 for trip-halomethanes at three locations in Napa: a.) Darmes Ln. b.) Jackson Street c.)Browns Valley Ln. or 87,000 residents of Napa.

Biomass can be algae, pathogens etc. In the Hennessy Reservoir watershed, where the City gets most of its water, vineyards and cattle are the primary land use which both discharge bio-stimulatory agents (phosphorous) to the streams/river thereby-causing ‘biomass’ accumulation beyond allowable loading.

Suffice to say, we are polluting the Napa River and our drinking reservoirs from vineyards and cattle in the watersheds.

-No vines in public water supply
-No cattle near riparian areas
-Stream buffers
-No deforestation-natural landscapes purify the water

Napa City Water Quality Information
Napa Citation [not the good kind!]

Join us at these upcoming screenings! 

The flier is here

Log on and get registered for Russian River: All Rivers and pass the word around asap.

This is an opportunity to educate the public about our precious finite resource the Napa River which has been a series of stagnant pools and long stretches of dry river bed from early June to fall not just during drought conditions. This is a natural resource tragedy and something we all can do change. Everyone is sucking the Napa River dry and here is why:
-excessive groundwater pumping- why not dry farm like Frogs Leap vineyards!
-unreasonable use and abuse of water mostly for wine making
-trucking water around the County for unsustainable projects
-green lawns are a thing of the past…what about all the green golf courses!
-overhead spraying of water

If a project can not PROVE that the water is available then it is a NO project-we push this with the BOS

Note: California over allocation the States water long ago. There is not enough water for the population that lives here with normal precipitation and all rivers in California are loosing their normal flow patterns. This is a receipt for disaster.

Lets get folks to the film: Russian Rivers: All Rivers

Keep in mind your tax dollars Proposition 1 (just passed in January 2015) and Proposition 84 are authorizing billions of tax payers dollars to restore water resources around the State. Examples in Napa are Rutherford Dust and Oakville Project; plus Upper Napa River Restoration are using millions yearly on the Napa River (bank stabilization). What good is this habitat restoration if there is NO water. These projects on Napa River are dealing with the River’s being deeply incised due to:
-massive floodplain subsidence caused by groundwater extraction
-non-point erosion-sheet flow

We really need to educate the public about our destructive lands practices so we can build a better future with a Green economy that is truly sustainable.