April 7, 2014
Despite significant rains in March and February, North Coast winegrape growers are honing their skills in using less water as the threat of spring frost, summer heat and long-term drought loom in their minds.
March 31, 2014
After just one season of watering vines in Shafer Vineyards’ Napa Valley estate property by a relatively new method of tracking real-time data on how much soil moisture they actually need, Director of Winemaking Elias Fernandez estimates he cut water use by as much as 100,000 gallons in just those seven- and five-acre test blocks.
March 24, 2014
April 1, 2014, was to be the day that mandatory water rationing would begin in Marin County’s largest water district, following a 2013 that “proved to be the driest year in 135 years.”
A huge storm that rescued Marin’s water reserves in early 2014 is far from the norm. Water officials stress that regular drought conditions is a reality in the North Bay and beyond.
February 17, 2014
Agriculture lenders are contemplating the effect of California’s recent dry spell on the North Bay wine industry, with both near and long-term implications under consideration for vineyards and other agricultural ventures in the region and beyond.
January 29, 2014
ST. HELENA — Napa Valley winegrape growers are drawing on a number of measures to limit water usage and protect vines that are beginning to bud more than a month early, as California’s drought has turned normally wet, chilly winter days into a stretch of warm, dry days that could ultimately lead to a smaller 2014 crop, according to local industry experts.
January 27, 2014
WINDSOR — A local firm is leading an effort to convince California residents that modern technology can clean sewage so well that the resulting water can be blended with conventional drinking water to solve current and future water crises.
January 24, 2014
CLOVERDALE — Bear Republic Brewing Company is tackling drought conditions with ingenuity, said to be the first brewery to try a new water-cleaning, energy-producing system developed for the U.S military.
January 17, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a drought state of emergency, calling on Californians to cut water usage by 20 percent and directing public officials to put in motion 19 other measures, following similar actions taken recently by North Coast officials amid what is said to be shaping up to be the worst water supply situation in more than a century.
June 10, 2013
Managers of commercial property are finding that upgrades to landscaping and building-environment control systems to reduce water and energy use, costly as they are, can reduce operating expenses and increase property income.
May 27, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Packaged vegetarian foods maker Amy’s Kitchen plans to come up with a new recipe in coming months for a major production expansion after learning that its original idea would cost about $31 million just for supplying the new plant with water and treating what goes down the drain.
May 13, 2013
NORTH BAY — Legislation has been introduced that could significantly help grape growers and other farmers in the region utilize an additional resource for securing water during the dry season.
Assembly Bill 1200, introduced by Mark Levine (D-San Rafael) and sponsored by the Sonoma County Water Agency, would establish a pilot project that would permit the agency to study the impacts of using recycled rain water for use in watering crops.
March 30, 2012
SANTA ROSA — Thanks to the “March miracle” rainfall, Russian River water supply conditions on April 1 will change from “critical” to “normal” under the Sonoma County Water Agency’s water rights permits and State Water Resource Control Board Decision 1610.
March 1, 2012
Russian River water supply conditions changed to “critical” today under the Sonoma County Water Agency’s water rights permits and State Water Resource Control Board’s Decision 1610. This “critical” designation means the water agency is permitted to reduce Russian River flows to preserve water storage in Lake Mendocino so there is enough for all water users and for release in the fall to support migrating Russian River Chinook salmon, listed as threatened on the Federal Endangered Species List.
March 22, 2011
NOVATO — ET Water Systems, Inc., a green technology services company that specializes in water conservation, management and smart irrigation control, closed a $2 million round of funding.
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.
April 26, 2010
SAN RAFAEL — Spectrawatermakers has moved solar-powered desalination a major step forward with a new, super-efficient energy-recovery pump.
April 19, 2010
SANTA ROSA — The Sonoma County Water Agency will close its High-Efficiency Fixture Direct-Installation Program on April 30. The program provided funding for plumbing contractors to install high-efficiency toilets and other water-saving devices at no charge to homes and businesses within the agency’s sanitation districts and zones.
April 4, 2010
A number of the municipal water suppliers in Sonoma and Marin counties already have adopted a model water-efficient landscape ordinance developed by a working group led by Santa Rosa. The model ordinance was based on the statewide standard from the Water Conservation Landscaping Act, or Assembly Bill 1881, which took effect at the beginning of this year.
March 8, 2010
GEYSERVILLE — Winegrape growers that depend on water in the Russian River Basin to protect their vines from frost assert they have a better idea of how much water they’re using and how to limit such use, while wildlife regulators say they’re getting more precise information of water overuse and tools to curtail it.
February 22, 2010
SONOMA COUNTY — Sonoma County was awarded $2,537,000 in State Energy Program funds from the California Energy Commission. The county’s application was ranked fourth highest, and it was one of only five applications funded statewide. It also received two additional awards through strategic partnerships.
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