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 by drought.
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 62 years.”
“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.”