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Ensure California’s Groundwater is Effectively Managed
More than half of Californians rely on groundwater as a source of drinking water – in certain areas it is the only source of water. Californians use about 15 billion gallons of groundwater a day, more than any other state. However, water stored in our underground aquifers is vulnerable, and linked to the quantity and quality of surface waters. California’s groundwater is threatened by the same sources of pollution that threaten our surface waters, sources such as agricultural operations, landfills, septic systems, industrial operations, and over-pumping. Groundwater contamination, when present, will persist and often worsen, sometimes exposing Californians to dangerous levels of toxic contaminants like nitrates and arsenic.
California Coastkeeper Alliance is advocating for the State Water Board to develop a statewide Groundwater Strategic Plan to better manage limited groundwater supplies. The Board needs support from the public to move forward and resist calls to retain the status quo. You can help by asking the Board to seize the opportunity to effectively manage California’s groundwater. Click here, and tell the State Water Board to include key provisions in its Groundwater Strategic Work Plan to protect public health and the environment.
The Desalination Fight Continues
Earlier this month, our Orange County Coastkeeper and other environmental groups stopped the irresponsibly proposed Huntington Beach desalination facility from beginning construction. The California Coastal Commission directed Poseidon, the company proposing the project, to go back to the “drawing board” and re-evaluate its design. The $900 million facility proposed to operate outdated technology with severe environmental impacts rather than conduct studies to evaluate the feasibility of better technologies to lessen ocean impacts. One Commissioner best summed up the hearing: "If Poseidon cannot recalibrate themselves to get into the 21st century, then they need to take their business model someplace else." It was an important day for the Coastal Commission, but the fight is not over.
As the Huntington Beach project is put on hold, California’s attention turns to the State Water Board; where CCKA has been working closely with the Board to develop a Desalination Policy that protects coastal ecosystems and water quality from harmful ocean desalination facilities. Desalination can have numerous and drastic impacts, including the mortality of billions of fish larvae annually, high energy demands associated with water-rate hikes, and the displacement of marine species due to the discharge of highly saline brine. CCKA is advocating that subsurface intakes be required, thus eliminating marine life mortality and providing a cheaper source of water. We are also requesting that facilities comply with the Once-Through Cooling Policy and stop using illegal intake pipes to dilute their saline discharges. Instead, CCKA expects facilities to implement an internationally recognized technology – high pressure spray brine diffusers – to rapidly dilute the brine and minimize impacts to the marine ecosystem. CCKA expects the Policy to be released for public comment by the end of 2013, and stands ready to ensure the Policy protects California’s coastal ecosystems and its citizens from the destructive and expensive practice of desalinating water.
Patagonia 2013 Salmon Run
Join our Santa Barbara Keeper at Patagonia’s 20th annual Salmon Run along the lower Ventura River. This year’s race will benefit the Santa Clara River Steelhead Coalition, which is composed of environmental stakeholders that are implementing projects to protect and restore endangered Southern California steelhead. The race sold out last year, so sign up today!
Congratulations Russian Riverkeeper
Congrats to our Russian Riverkeeper for being awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement. The award acknowledged Riverkeeper as a strong community advocate, playing a critical role in increasing awareness of the River and in making a difference to be able to enjoy a healthy river for today and future generations.
Russian Riverkeeper Discusses Low Flows
The Russian Riverkeeper, Don McEnhill, works daily to protect the Russian River and its tributaries from numerous impacts, including gravel mining, stormwater pollution, and low flows. Check-out Don’s recent appearance on the local news discussing low flows in his watershed, and visit their website to see what Riverkeeper is doing to prevent further diminished river flows.