Welcome to California River Watch

I find some hope for the future of our planet in the emergence of millions of unconnected environmental and social movements. The leaderless Anarchy of this mass phenomenon and its macro scale means that its cells will not be centrally controlled or turned aside by profit motives. It seems to be a genuine grass roots response to the global threat which our planet faces. —Paul Hawken «


“Fix it in your constitution that no corporation, no body of men, no capital can get possession and right to your waters. Hold the waters in the hands of the people.”

John Wesley Powell 1890 North Dakota Constitutional Convention

River Watch
After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past. By Max HorberryPublished Oct. 2, 2020Two months after a wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif., in 2018, Kevin Phillips, then a manager for town’s irrigation district, walked from one destroyed home to another.Burned […]

The consequences of fire spraying fire retardants on wildfires

The Consequences of Spraying Fire Retardants on Wildfires

A graduate of the M.S. in conservation medicine program shares what she learned during the Tufts program about the methods used to fight wildfires in CaliforniaBy Genevieve RajewskiSeptember 11, 2020 Wildfires started burning in California early again this dry season—more than two million acres have burned so far. Larger and larger wildfires are occurring as […]

Mendocino National Forest

Major Victory for Mendocino Forests

In a major victory, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with EPIC in a case impacting fragile post-fire forest in the Mendocino National Forest. The court found that the Forest Service's use of a "categorical exclusion" to avoid an environmental impact assessment for a timber sale following the 2018 Ranch Fire was likely a violation of the law and that EPIC should have been awarded an injunction by the lower court to stop logging.

Narrow, steep road to residences slated to be used for logging trucks

Judge puts controversial Healdsburg logging plan on hold

MARY CALLAHANTHE PRESS DEMOCRATSeptember 12, 2018 Narrow, steep road to residences slated to be used for logging trucks Planned logging near a Healdsburg stream that provides some of the last refuge in the region for wild coho salmon has been put on hold after a court decision overturned a timber harvest plan for the 160-acre […]