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2018-10-18Oct 18, 2018

This month’s VOMGC meeting has special guest speaker Maile Arnold.  Maile, a Vassar graduate and Ecology specialist has been an organic farmer for over 50 years; raising most of the veggies, fruit, meat, eggs, and diary which her family and friends consume.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

September was a big month for the planet. On September 8th, “Rise for Climate, Justice, and Jobs,” drew over 30,000 people to the streets of San Francisco, joining thousands of others at 900 events in 90 countries. All this was designed to say it is time for a Fossil Free World with Renewable Energy for All, a message for leaders from all over the world, who gathered September 12-14 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, to celebrate the climate action achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors, and citizens.

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

Board of Supervisors approved formation the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. On Sept. 25, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of both the Sonoma County Coast and Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Councils. The application process for both are now open.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Do you like seeing trash and litter on our sidewalks, streets, yards, and waterways? We didn’t think so. Not only do our open spaces look better when they are clean and tidy, it contributes to a healthier environment.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Sonoma County DRAFT Fire Recovery and Resiliency Plan - PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE: October 26, 2018. As we continue to recover and rebuild a year after the North Bay fires of October 2017, the DRAFT Recovery and Resiliency Framework just released by the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers a pathway for starting to look forward.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Our natural world is a better place, thanks to the efforts of 90+ people of all ages who responded who volunteered for Coastal Clean Up Day on September 15 right here in Sebastopol. The Laguna Foundation teamed up with Clean River Alliance to mobilize litter removal along our Laguna waterway which flows to the Russian River then to the Pacific Ocean.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

The wildfires of October 2017 destroyed more than homes, neighborhoods, and open space. They burned almost a fourth of the county’s parkland and damaged or destroyed parks in Santa Rosa as well.

Measure M on the November ballot will provide funds for aggressive action to reduce fire risk in parks in the unincorporated areas of the county and for improving and maintaining existing county and city parks.

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such as Glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

Fall is here. The days have been getting noticeably shorter while the nights have been getting longer as we slowly head towards the Winter Solstice. 

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

North Bay residents participated in both sides of a debate at the Global Climate Action Summit over how to best fight climate change and whether local governments have done enough.

2018-09-21Sep 21, 2018

James Gore and James Lee Witt, two men involved with the North Bay’s fire recovery, may be positioned to influence how communities across the country prepare for natural disasters.

2018-10-14Oct 14, 2018

PG&E May Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of 12 Counties. Sonoma County officials are prepared to notify residents who will likely be impacted by PG&E’s planned power shut-off this evening, due to extreme weather conditions: unincorporated areas of northeastern and eastern Sonoma County. Sonoma County Emergency Services officials will send out aSoCoAlert to notify residents in advance of potential impacts and to alert them to possible critical communications outages.

2018-09-19Sep 19, 2018

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds and low relative humidity are either occurring now, or will shortly.

2018-09-14Sep 14, 2018

What if I told you last year there were 2,412,151 cigarette butts or 1,739743 food wrappers all collected from beach cleanups. Shocking, right? Well here’s one more: enough balloons were collected to lift a great white shark according to Ocean Conservancy in 2017. All that trash would still be on the beaches if people like you didn’t help. This year International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 15, 2018. There are cleanups taking place all over the world; many in Sonoma County. So, choose your beach or river and come out and make a difference. Let’s try and get all the trash out before the rains come. If you cannot make the September 15th cleanup there are other ongoing/monthly events throughout the county.

2018-09-10Sep 10, 2018

We're inching our way out of fire season. Or so they say. With our new normal, fire season is stretching out months longer than before. We're working to play catch up to issues like heavy fuel loads while planning ahead to ensure a healthy and bright future for our fire agencies (and ultimately the constituents we both serve). It's not easy work and it's definitely not quick, but I am happy to report that we've secured nearly $1 million in funding for our county fire agencies, with the bulk going directly into West County.

 

2018-09-01Sep 1, 2018

Local environmental groups in the San Francisco Bay area and Sonoma County often point to the successes of this resident-led initiative as proof we in the North Bay are a “Green” community. As a matter of fact, many of the organizations promoting tourism to the North Bay and Sonoma County invoke the natural beauty and conservation as marketing tools to get the visitors to come to the “Sonoma County Wine Country”. Going green has become a profitable approach now.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state-mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health. Permit Sonoma invites the public to attend upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the proposed Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The California Towhee is an unassuming bird. It scurries around the ground in suburban neighborhoods inconspicuously, scratching for seeds and insects. It is often described as plain brown and drab, especially when compared to the more ornate Spotted Towhee. However, the California Towhee has some subtleties that are often overlooked. For instance, it has cinnamon-colored feathers under the tail. It also dons a charmingly understated matching necklace.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

It’s been a sheep solution: Carefully controlled grazing has eliminated many of the non-native, invasive plants that were choking out flowers and native grasses. Not only that, the sheep have created a significant fire break because the same invasive plants that choke out wildflowers are fast-burning fuel for wildfires.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The Sonoma County Office of Resilience and Recovery's five year Fire Recovery Plan and the Sonoma County General Plan Update will prioritize land-use altercations and other policies with the goal of reducing fire risk, improving emergency preparedness, and making our communities and lands more resilient, healthy and climate-smart.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

We all know that fire is one of the oldest and most powerful tools that humans have but what we often forget is that most of the landscapes we know and love have also been shaped by fire, and in many cases, by fires that humans have started.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Roseland Village Teen Center has reopened for the rest of the year at Roseland Library in Roseland Village Shopping Center. Run by Sonoma County Boys and Girls Club the Teen Center is for young people in grades 7 to 12. On Saturday, October 27 at 10 am there will be a “Make a Difference Day” effort to clean up Roseland Creek, Roseland Neighbor Wood, and surrounding neighborhood areas in the center of Roseland. OnSaturday, October 27 at 10 am there will be a “Make a Difference Day” effort to clean up Roseland Creek, Roseland Neighbor Wood, and surrounding neighborhood areas in the center of Roseland.

2018-10-12Oct 12, 2018

In the cow-dotted fields of Sonoma County, dairy goat farmer Jennifer Bice has always forged her own path. As her goat dairy company Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery celebrates its 50th year, Bice looks to the future, adapting her farm to the immediate challenges of climate change, drought, and wildfires to protect the animals she loves and the land that sustains them. 

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

After a month of discussion, a legislative committee tasked with writing regulations governing wildfire preparedness and responses released draft legislation on Tuesday night, just three days before the end of the legislative session.

The Wildfire Preparedness and Response Legislative Conference Committee, a ten-member group of Senators and Assemblymembers tasked with writing a bi-partisan bill to improve California’s rules for wildfire response, mitigation and prevention.

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

Concerned about preventing discrimination from rearing its ugly head in Guerneville? Have any complaints or suggestions for our local law enforcement? Maybe you would just like to thank law enforcement for providing us with a dedicated deputy and doing a good job at treating all of our community members with fairness and respect? Wanna talk about how homelessness or immigration policies affect our community? The Sonoma County Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) will be bringing a road show here to Timberline (16440 4th St, Guerneville) on Thursday, Sept. 27th at 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Incoming Sheriff Essick and Supervisor Hopkins will also be attending.

2018-08-29Aug 29, 2018

Just before the Global Climate Action Summit, called by Governor Brown, in San Francisco from Sept. 14-18, thousands will march around the world, but especially in San Francisco, to “Stop Fossil Fuels and Build 100% Renewable Energy!”.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

The 300 square mile Gualala River Watershed is located in northwestern Sonoma County and partially in southwestern Mendocino County. It’s unique in that there are no cities or large towns within this watershed. The western half of this region is home to a sizable redwood forest. In fact, there are a couple of sections of ‘old growth’ redwoods still uncut. Save The Redwoods League (SaveTheRedwoods.org) has acquired a section of one of the Richardson Ranches east of Stewarts Point to preserve these trees.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

As a result of last year’s Putnam Challenge Grant, nearly $200,000 has been allocated to improvements in this beloved Petaluma parkHelen Putnam Park visitors will notice improved trail access, a rock retaining wall overlook above the pond, and new picnic tables. Over the next 12 to 24 months, expect more trail work, habitat restoration, enhanced directional and interpretive signage and an upgrade of accessible parking and pathways to restrooms.

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

As the tilted Earth orbits the sun, there are times when the top half (northern hemisphere) is leaning toward the sun and receiving more daylight than night (summer) and times when it’s leaning away from the sun and receiving more night than daylight (winter). In between these two extremes, there are times when neither hemisphere is leaning toward nor away from the sun, and both hemispheres receive equal amounts of day and night. On September 22nd at 6:40 pm, Earth will be in this position and Fall will officially begin as we experience what’s known as the Autumnal Equinox. Equinox is a Latin word, roughly translated to mean “Equal Night” meaning, equal amounts of night. 

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

After a five-hour discussion about proposed changes to cannabis regulations earlier this month, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors quickly passed the regulatory amendments and appointed three new members to the Sonoma County Cannabis Advisory Group at its meeting on Tuesday morning.

2018-08-26Aug 26, 2018

When Julia witnessed Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone, she was smitten. The regularity and sheer energy of this geothermal natural wonder struck something deep in her. She returned to California and was determined to recapture the magic it sparked for her. She painted geysers, designed jewelry with geyser imagery, created mini-sculptures of geysers, included geysers on her sewn ukulele pillows, and applied the theme to her entry in the 2018 Sonoma Community Center’s Trashion Fashion by creating a “Geyser Gown”. 

2018-08-24Aug 24, 2018

The legislative Conference Committee on Wildfire Preparedness and Response on Friday discussed key elements of a proposed committee report that includes provisions for protecting Californians from future wildfires and preventing electric utility ratepayers from bearing unfair costs.

2018-08-23Aug 23, 2018

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today awarded a $410,000 grant to Trout Unlimited to recover a viable, self-sustaining population of coho salmon in the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County, California. Trout Unlimited will provide $410,000 in matching contributions, for a total conservation impact of $820,000.

The grant was awarded through the Russian River Coho Program, a partnership between NFWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that seeks to restore coho salmon in the Russian River by changing traditional water management practices on a watershed scale.

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

For me, few things are more satisfying than planting trees and seeing them grow. I’m always amazed to see how they’ve matured. I feel a sense of pride when seeing a tree that is 10, 20 or even 40 years old and being able to say, “Hey! I planted that tree.”

2018-08-23Aug 23, 2018

As droughts and wildfires become the norm in Northern California, rainwater catchment systems could play a role in making our communities more sustainable and resilient.

2018-08-22Aug 22, 2018

Nearly a year after the Sonoma County Complex Fires destroyed 5,300 homes and ten years after the last housing crash slowed Sonoma County’s economy to a crawl, discussions about the future of housing, transportation and the economy are proliferating.

2018-08-22Aug 22, 2018

The UC Cooperative Extension Sonoma County is hosting an all-day symposium on fire resilience this Friday, August 24, at Shone Farm. Attendees will learn how wildfires operate in Sonoma County’s wildland urban interface, how to maintain a fire safe community, and what natural resource management strategies best improve the survivability of people, property, and homes.

2018-08-14Aug 14, 2018
2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Algae bloom in the lower reaches of the Russian River has been showing itself in alarming abundance this summer. Areas where in the past algae would typically line the shoreline gravel beaches, have seen the bloom cover the entire river surface from shore to shore. The areas above Bridgehaven up to Sheephouse Creek were especially bad.

 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

This month will be a good time to view multiple planets without having to be up just before sunrise, as Saturn and Mars return to our evening skies.

 

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Many lessons were learned from the wildfires of 2017. The most important of which is that any fire, with enough fuel and driven by wind can burn through almost anything. It is never possible to protect your property 100% but there are things you can do with landscaping to give your home a fighting chance.

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

With an ongoing “housing crisis” of lack of housing it is sad this Roseland resident was forced out onto the streets by the city. It is ironic because now the city of Santa Rosa will be putting tax increase Ballot Initiatives on the November Ballot to pay for “new” affordable housing to be built. This is while the city has been holding onto houses in Roseland already bought by Sonoma County taxpayers and keeping them empty. So the taxpayers paid “Top Dollar” for houses which the city has now claimed are “surplus” and has told the public the city will demolish the houses. Wasteful!

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

Upcoming MAC events include: Lower Russian River MAC Town Hall 3 - Saturday, Aug. 18, 1-3pm

Please join Supervisor Lynda Hopkins to discuss district boundaries, the recruitment process and qualifications for MAC representatives at Guerneville Elementary School. 14630 Armstrong Woods Rd. Guerneville

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

Improving our society's composting systems is imperative to fighting global warming. In Sonoma County, a new company is attempting to help achieve the county's ambitious composting goal. 

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

On September 8th, join others in city streets, town squares, and capital buildings across the nation and around the world, as people rise up to demand politicians stand with their communities to deliver more than just words at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco Sept. 14th-18th.

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Now that marijuana is legal, a slew of questions come up about the health risks of cannabis use. One such concern is the safety of marijuana consumption when breastfeeding

2018-07-31Jul 31, 2018

Many people have weighed in on the decisions surrounding Cannabis cultivation in Sonoma County. Here are some of this month's opinions...

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018

In case you haven’t heard, Recology is the newest waste management company serving Sonoma County. They are defined in Wikipedia as “an integrated resource recovery company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company collects and processes municipal solid waste, reclaiming useful materials that would have otherwise been buried in a landfill. Recology has been in business for 100 years.”

2018-07-30Jul 30, 2018
2018-07-16Jul 16, 2018

Occupy Sonoma County is participating in Plastic Free July, and we urge everyone to join the challenge atPlasticFreeJuly.org where participants are counted and receive information on how to reduce plastic consumption.

2018-07-04Jul 4, 2018

On June 24th, the Sebastopol Farmers Market hosted the first Zero Waste outreach booth with the help fromRecology and350 Sonoma (Sonoma County Climate Action -350SonomaCounty@gmail.com) members to help address this issue.

2018-06-30Jun 30, 2018

The devastation of our October Fires is having an impact on decades of land-use and transportation planning. 5,000 plus homes got destroyed in the fire and now the county wants to build more than 30,000 new homes to replace what was lost, and ease the high price of housing by changing the supply vs. demand ratio.

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

The topic for the 2018 Russian River Watershed Association’s High School video contest was: From the Street to the Creek, Be Part of the Pollution Solution! Entries could be an individual or group effort and prize awards are split 50% between the individual(s) who submit the video and the high school they attend.

2018-10-11Oct 11, 2018

We made history Saturday September 15, 2018. According to Coastwalk, our regional Coordinator for California Coastal Clean Up Day 2018, this year’s 1,200 volunteers broke all previous Sonoma County attendance records for this annual event! And the best part? Together we removed 8.7 tons of debris from our county’s inland waterways and from our beaches.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Goat Ropers rolled through Roseland in the night and rustled out two goats recently donated to the Bayer Farm project run by Land Paths.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

Summertime means longer days, warmer temperatures, an increase in outdoor activities and, if you are a dog or cat owner or come in contact with these pets, you know that summertime brings more pests! Especially fleas and ticks. Why are these pesky pests a cause for concern? What should we consider before using pet pesticides and are there alternatives we can use to protect our pets, ourselves and our environment?

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

It’s butterfly and dragonfly season and they are plentiful this year. Is it because of the wet winter providing more food sources? Discover where and what is flying around, and learn more about the lake habitats and connections to nature around water.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

The world over, we use many different words to describe long distance walking. It’s an age-old tradition that roots all the way back to our ancient ancestors, who trekked across the land as a way of life, a simple exercise in survival.

2018-06-26Jun 26, 2018

This month will be a good time to view multiple planets without having to be up just before sunrise, as Saturn and Mars return to our evening skies.

 

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

From the famous line in “The Graduate” encouraging the young man into ‘plastics’ to have a bright economic future, to the recent death of a pilot whale in Thailand due to a “belly full of black plastic bags” (NYT 6/4/18)--18 lbs to be exact-- the impact on our world is profound.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

We all like to go to the beach on a hot summer’s day. We also associate a day at the beach with the presence of “seagulls.” When I was a child growing up in Ohio my family would occasionally go to Lake Erie in the summer. I always felt like I was in a really exotic place because I was surrounded by ‘seagulls.”

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.

2018-06-22Jun 22, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) has developed a proposal to reduce flooding on Green Valley Road west of Graton by removing sediment from the adjacent Green Valley Creek and restoring the creek banks with native vegetation. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the Water Agency released a Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for the project on June 22. The public is invited to provide comment on the project before July 24.

2018-06-19Jun 19, 2018

Erin Brockovich, one of the nation’s leading consumer advocates, has joined theMauro Archer & Associates andWatts Guerra team North Bay residents against PG&E over its role in the October 2017 wildfires.

2018-10-09Oct 9, 2018

The past year has been one of the most taxing that we’ve faced together. The October fires took 24 lives from us. It burned more than 173 square miles and rendered almost 7,000 homes and businesses into ash. It was a disaster in every sense. Last October, I was devastated by the losses of my friends, family and neighbors throughout Sonoma County.

 

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

BioBlitzes bring people together to document biodiversity in one place at one time, recording observations of plants and animals using smartphones or digital cameras and uploading results to the biodiversity recording and social networking platform iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org). These events connect people of all backgrounds to the outdoors, inspire everyone to protect biodiversity, and at the same time generate invaluable data.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

I think we can all agree that we are thankful for advancements in plumbing and sewage treatment since the germ-laden Middle Ages. However, many are recognizing that with our current plumbing systems, we are shorting ourselves on a great garden resource…graywater.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

An update to an article submitted last May about trespassing enforcement and fire prevention as it relates to illegal homeless encampments in our area.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

We held our second Lower Russian River MAC informational meeting on Wednesday, May 9. During the meeting we shared the proposed boundary for the LRR MAC. We expect the boundary to encompass the area of Forestville, Guerneville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio, Duncans Mills and Cazadero (minus the west hills).

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

It’s June! That means time for our annual Summer Solstice, which marks the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Let’s dive a little deeper into this amazing yet relatively common event…

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

The Sonoma County we know and love might never have been.

By the late 1960s, ranches and farms countywide were zoned and subdivided into 5-acre ranchettes.

Development surged as people streamed into the county on a newly improved Highway 101.

The Coast was a potential Malibu Beach with expensive homes dotting the shoreline and little or no public access.

A corridor of urban sprawl from Healdsburg to Petaluma was in the making, without consideration of environmental impacts or scenic values.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

Humans are well aware of the imminent effects of climate change. In fact, drought-like conditions and extended fire seasons will be our new-normal due to the sheer amount of human-related greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. However, one variable of the climate change equation that is not well known among the general population is the effect of livestock on the production of greenhouse gasses. 

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

The 2nd annual Sonoma County Zero Waste Symposium in May galvanized this gathering of leaders committed to reducing waste. It offered an opportunity for those active in managing post-fire resources to share the importance of perpetual emergency preparedness and collaboration as future issues arise with climate change. We can apply what was learned from the fires as a model for community resiliency and sustainability going forward.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

School is out and Roseland’s streets will be more active during daytime with children rushing about on foot and bicycles. Please be careful and slow down for our youth.

2018-05-28May 28, 2018

Effective January 1st, China’s stopped accepting many recycled items, especially plastic. Until recently, first-world countries avoided the plastic problem by shipping our recycling to China, while plastic proliferated all over the planet. Ninety per cent of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, and largely ends up in the oceans.

2018-10-08Oct 8, 2018

The Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership (Partnership), a group of North Bay water utilities, has once again been recognized with national awards for its water-saving efforts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Partnership its second consecutive Sustained Excellence Award for continuing to improve its irrigation-professional training program by upgrading its curriculum and training materials. The Partnership also received a 2018 Excellence Award for its outreach efforts that included promoting the use of water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators for homes and businesses.

2018-05-22May 22, 2018

Russian River Estuary Management Project, which will include information about the 2017 Lagoon Management Season, updates on biological and water quality monitoring programs, the pinniped monitoring program, and a preview of the 2018 Lagoon Management Season. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.

 

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC) is a jobs, workforce training and ecosystem education program aimed at employing youth and young adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship. The SCYEC provides youth and young adults paychecks, valuable work experience, environmental education, and the opportunity to contribute to their community through ongoing outdoor experiences.

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties.  The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall. 

 

2018-05-19May 19, 2018

On Tuesday, May 22nd, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will receive Permit Sonoma's report on OWTS (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) response to the AB 885 mandate from the State. Local realtors are objecting loudly, sending out sample letters with language they hope will influence supervisors on how they react to the state mandate as it impacts local watershed homes and communities.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

The situation with the E coli outbreak at the time of this writing (mid-May) is that 172 people have been identified nationwide as being infected, with California reporting 24 cases and 1 death. The source appears to be romaine lettuce, probably cut and in bags, coming out of Yuma, Arizona.

2018-05-17May 17, 2018

Bay Nature's Local Hero Awards Dinner, which celebrates the contributions of extraordinary individuals towards the understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.

2018-05-05May 5, 2018

In response to the tragic loss of homes in the October 2017 fires and the critical need for more affordable homes countywide, a slate of new initiatives to speed up development are coming forward that have the potential to quickly change the face of Sonoma County for decades to come.

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Hey west county—it’s time to talk about something that is often avoided at the dinner table, and left out of polite conversations. Namely, septic systems. Or, as my three-year-old would put it, poop.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

On March 28, a California judge ruled in favor of forcing coffee sellers to post signs that coffee contains cancer-causing agents. Uh oh! Just how dangerous is coffee? Do these warnings serve any useful purpose? And how can we make sense of this latest attempt by the government to protect our health?

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

The rose is arguably the most poetic of flowers. It is the hallmark of Spring, bursting on the scene in April and May, boasting singular beauty and metaphorical richness in every phase, from youthful bud to mature bloom. Thorns protect it, fragrance and color attract insects who live in symbiotic relationship.

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

 

 

These wonderful people gathered in Larson Park on the shores of Sonoma Creek to gather bottles, trash, and other debris on Coastal Clean Up Day (9/15/18). Families and Mission Inn workers spoke with pride about improving the environment on Sonoma’s central water way. County proposes changes to housing density rules. In late August a staff report from the County Planning Commission was revealed that proposes several changes affecting the Springs.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Perhaps the longest, time wise, and slowest road construction project ever in Roseland, or all of Sonoma County for that matter, may be done by Christmas of this year.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Swainson’s Thrushes singing this season...

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

This month brings the prominent return of two of the brightest lights in the evening sky–Jupiter, The Roman King of The Gods, and Venus, The Roman Goddess of Beauty and Love. I say prominent because both have been in the sky prior to May, but now both will be visible in the early evening/twilight sky simultaneously, at least by month’s end.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

This theme’s issue is Parenting the Next Generation, but it’s beginning to look as if we can take all take some lessons from Generation “Z.”

2018-05-01May 1, 2018

Sonoma County is facing seemingly insurmountable Budget issues, in part, resulting from the horrendous fires last fall. Everything has been expensive, from fire fighting to cleanup and recovery.

The question now is: “How does the County move forward in coping with the immense budget disparity?”

2018-04-30Apr 30, 2018

You’re invited! Join us to get your hands in the soil and learn about native, edible, and pollinator-friendly plant choices. Daily Acts, with support from the City of Petaluma, will be planting the new Living, Learning Landscape at the Petaluma Regional Library on March 24th and we need volunteers!

2018-04-27Apr 27, 2018

This morning at 10:32 am, Sonoma County Deputy Chief Sonoma County Counsel Alegria DeLaCruz informed attorneys representing homeless residents of the now destroyed homeless encampment in the Roseland district of Santa Rosa of a change of plans for another eviction that had been scheduled for today, April 27, at 2:30pm.

2018-04-23Apr 23, 2018

The end of the late rains and beginning of warm weather is the ideal time for an increase in mosquito populations. Our vector control technicians have documented over 800 new sources of mosquito production in the October 2017 burn areas. These sources include swimming pools, spas, compromised septic systems, and depressions caused by the removal of foundations and debris.

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

I feel that I must say something to make everyone aware of the Dangerous situation that exists along the Hwy 1. corridor through the Timber Cove Subdivision: PG&E Lines, Dead Pines & Tan Oaks. 

 

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Sonoma County Bicycle Shops and Groups

Sonoma County Bike Shops and Groups. Find LOCALLY-OWNED Bicycle Shops for NEW, Used and Rental Bicycles as well as REPAIR. Look for a bike-riding group that suits your needs and style.


Please use the Gazette's Guide to find LOCALLY-OWNED Garden Businesses to support Sonoma County's environmental and economic health and vitality.

Sonoma County Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Shops LOCAL Guide 2018

Sonoma County Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert LOCAL Shops Guide 2018