March 24, 2014
NORTH BAY — California lawmakers have bolstered a state-sponsored program to finance the upgrade and removal of underground petroleum storage tanks and related systems, highlighting an ongoing need for that work in areas including the North Bay, according to the program’s regional administrator and others.
March 8, 2013
State water-quality regulators this afternoon announced the withdrawal of a proposed conditional waiver program for vineyards in the Napa River and Sonoma Creek watersheds from state-set limits on erosion and plans to regulate vineyard water runoff under more general requirements.
May 21, 2012
NORTH COAST — State water-quality regulators are developing new rules that would require North Coast agricultural property owners or operators to develop, follow and update ongoing, multiyear plans for controlling and reversing erosion into ecologically sensitive waterways.
September 12, 2011
The Legislature passed a bill by two North Coast state legislators that would streamline permitting of small irrigation ponds that could be tapped for frost prevention, rather than streams deemed habitat for protected fish. Meanwhile, state water regulators released the latest revision to a Russian River basin frost-water regulation more than three years in the making.
January 17, 2011
NORTH BAY — Getting winegrape growers up to speed quickly on Sonoma County’s new ordinance on use of Russian River Basin water for frost protection will be a hot topic of a major viticulture seminar in Santa Rosa this Thursday.
November 15, 2010
A new study of carbon sequestration on 1,322 acres of Fetzer Vineyards vineyard and wild land in Mendocino County could make the chemical element a huge resource for the wine industry under California’s evolving greenhouse-gas emissions accounting system.
November 1, 2010
SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTIES — The impact of proposed state rules controlling the use of Russian River basin water to protect winegrapes and other crops from frost damage could exceed $2.1 billion from lost business income, tax revenue, land values and 8,000-plus jobs in Sonoma and Mendocino counties, according to a new study by a Sonoma State University economist.
May 24, 2010
The recent confluence of conservation and farming interests that resolved a years-long delay in adoption of rules for use of North Coast water needed for protected fish also could direct the outcome of pending regulation of water used for protecting crops from frost damage.
June 22, 2009
State water-quality regulators are allowing storage of biodiesel blends up to 20 percent, or B20, in approved, compliant underground fuel tanks through Dec. 1 on an “emergency” basis as they work on permanent rules. The temporary rule went into effect June 1.
May 25, 2009
The State Water Resources Control Board agreed to drop enforcement action against operators of the 162-acre Manchester Ridge Coast Mountain Vineyards over an existing reservoir and one originally planned.
May 11, 2009
NORTH COAST – Regional regulations for control of rainwater-borne sediment and other listed pollutants from construction sites in the erosion-prone North Coast could be coming into closer alignment with state rules as both release new drafts of their governing policies.
October 20, 2008
The Northern California wine industry has become a key laboratory for significant nationwide trends in endangered-species regulation. The prominent national and California species issues that have developed recently — the continuing decline of many endangered species, the incremental impacts of global climate change and the evolving endangered species regulatory framework — are beginning to have dramatic effects on wine growers and the wine industry in general.
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