“The Secretary for Environmental Protection and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency have released the Drinking Water Reorganization Transition Plan. The Transition Plan describes the proposed transfer of the Drinking Water Program, currently under the California Department of Public Health, to the State Water Resources Control Board.”
From the Stockton Record’s Alex Breitler Environment blog:
“California is failing to provide adequate funding for small rural drinking-water systems, flood protection projects, and stormwater and wastewater services, the PPIC concludes in its latest study, released tonight [March 12].”
“If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there.
“Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles.”
“Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser’s plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Linda Rudolph:
“California is now in the grip of the most severe drought on record. In his drought emergency declaration, Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to “pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, nature and one another.”
“Let’s not forget about our health. Water is, after all, essential for life.”
“The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to join the City of Cotati in opposing fluoridation of Sonoma County’s drinking water, even if its own water supply would not be directly affected.”
“A state senator is taking the lead in trying to pass legislation that would serve as a crucial step toward solving water supply problems experienced by a neighborhood straddling the Wildomar-Menifee border.
“Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, has agreed to carry Senate Bill 772 as his own legislation after its author, Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, retired Dec.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The U.S. Senate on Dec. 17 unanimously agreed to a House bill exempting fire hydrants from regulations designed to reduce the amount of lead in drinking water. The bipartisan bill, entitled the Community Fire Safety Act, HR 5388, passed the House by a vote of 384-0 on Dec. 2 and now awaits President Obama’s signature.
“The chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the lingering dirty drinking water in many rural San Joaquin Valley towns would surprise people from other parts of the country.
“Saying she is serious about the agency’s role as a watchdog over federal clean-water funding, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said people shouldn’t have to wait years for money that’s already available for fixes.
“The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that she was disappointed by the slow progress state, federal and local governments have made in bringing potable drinking water to small towns in the San Joaquin Valley. …
“McCarthy’s remarks came during a three-day visit to California, her first since taking over as the nation’s top environmental regulator in July.”
From the National Water Research Institute (NWRI):
“Due to rapid advancements in analytical chemistry, a variety of manmade chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals, can now be detected at very low (trace) levels in all municipal wastewaters and most surface waters. But what does the presence of these chemicals mean, and how do we define the risks (if any) to the public? This year’s Clarke Prize Lecture, delivered by 2013 Clarke Prize recipient R.
“An overflow crowd seeking to remove fluoride from the county’s water supply was told by Marin Municipal Water District officials on Wednesday night that their hands are tied by state law. … That’s not what the crowd wanted to hear. …
“The public is invited to a town hall meeting about drinking water problems in small San Joaquin Valley communities where thousands of people have waited years for solutions. …
“The town hall will feature a discussion of Lanare, a small Fresno County town with a history of water problems. Organizers say the discussion will focus on ways to speed up the process of getting healthy drinking water.”