From The Desert Sun, in a commentary by Gretchen Gutierrez:
“In the Coachella Valley, chromium-6 is a naturally occurring element of drinking water with a scientifically determined safe level. However, if the state adopts the proposed 10 ppb standard, approximately half our valley’s wells will require costly treatment.
“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.”
“The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will begin inspecting illegal marijuana grows across Northern California, reversing an earlier ban designed to protect employees. …
“Law enforcement agencies across the board’s 37-county region had sought the help of water scientists so they could prosecute growers who flatten hilltops, divert streams or cause sediment to run into waterways.
“California water quality regulators will soon begin inspecting illegal marijuana growing operations in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada, reversing an earlier ban intended to protect employees.
At a meeting Friday in Rancho Cordova, the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board directed staff to begin cooperating with other agencies to inspect marijuana grows, which have emerged as a major source of environmental damage in many rural counties.”
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff Switchboard blog, in a post by Avinash Kar:
“This Friday marks the end of the comment period for the public to weigh in on a proposed drinking water standard for hexavalent chromium – a dangerous chemical known to cause cancer that was made infamous in the film Erin Brockovich.
“Leaders of the Coachella Valley Water District are questioning a state proposal to limit the levels of a toxin that is widely found in California’s drinking water, urging state officials to reassess the costs and consider a less stringent rule.
“CVWD board members and managers held a workshop with dozens of residents on Monday night to explain the state’s proposal and their concerns about it.”
“Some, including the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, think a historic proposed California limit for cancer-causing chromium-6 in drinking water is set too low and so will cost too much to implement.
“Others, including activist Erin Brockovich and some Hinkley residents, think it’s not low enough and compromises the safety of many California residents.
“Los Angeles County is likely to pull together comments to formally submit to the California Department of Public Health this week.”
“Municipalities face multiple demands for public services and programs that regularly exceed the limited resources available to perform those services or provide those programs. This problem is particularly acute in municipal service areas such as transportation (roads and bridges), potable water systems, sanitary sewer systems and storm water systems, where the cost of replacing aging infrastructure is often overwhelming.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is inviting public comment on its recommendations for funding Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grants. Twenty proposals covering 139 projects are recommended to receive grants totaling $131.1 million. The grant program assists local public agencies and non-profit organizations in meeting long- term water needs of the state, including the delivery of safe drinking water and the protection of water quality and the environment.
“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country’s crippled nuclear power plant on Thursday to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four already slated for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water.”
From EPA Connect, The Official Blog of EPA’s Leadership, in a post by Nancy Stoner and Lek Kadeli:
“One of the great environmental success stories of our time is the Clean Water Act. …
“This week, EPA’s Science Advisory Board released for public comment a draft scientific report, ‘Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence.’”
“If U.S. Air Force official Steve Mayer is bothered by California’s refusal to inherit the radioactive waste dump he’s building outside Sacramento, he doesn’t show it. He’s plowing ahead with plans at the old McClellan Air Force Base to entomb soil contaminated with radium-226, a glow-in-the-dark substance that can cause cancer, and pass ownership of it to the city of Sacramento. …
“Two of every five households — nearly 4,000 customers — pay too much for tap water in a sampling of 51 small water systems across Fresno, Tulare and Kings counties, according to the study called ‘Assessing water affordability.’ …
“The Community Water Center, an advocacy group, joined California State University, Fresno and the nonprofit Pacific Institute in Oakland to produce the study, which was released last month.
From the California Farm Bureau Federation Ag Alert weekly newspaper:
“To increase understanding of groundwater quality and how Central Coast aquifers work, farmers and ranchers in four counties have formed a coalition for cooperative well-water testing to share costs and reporting requirements.