Danielle Venton

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Contract negotiations between the Santa Rosa Teachers Association and the Santa Rosa School District are at a standstill. With each side refusing to budge, KRCB speaks to teachers and the district to hear what’s behind the dispute, and what lies ahead.

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Contract negotiations between the Santa Rosa Teachers Association and the Santa Rosa School District are at a standstill. With each side refusing to budge, KRCB speaks to teachers and the district to hear what’s behind the dispute, and what lies ahead.

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Yesterday STRAW--Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed--celebrated their 500th project, with a day of planning trees at Tolay Ranch. Since Laurette Rogers, Program Director, began STRAW 23 years ago, she's seen 40,000 students help restore more than 35 miles of creek bed, plus uncounted wetlands. 

"We learned that to help animals we should plant trees to give them nice habitat," said Sam, 2nd grader at Loma Vista Elementary in Novato. 

  In the future, will there be enough water go around for humans and the environment? This week, salmon ecologists and restoration planners try to make it all work at the 33rd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference.  

One of the conference highlights will be the screening of DamNation, an award-winning documentary covering the impact of dams on wildlife and the movement to remove them.  Watch the DamNation official trailer:

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Being green isn’t just about cutting down on the greenhouse gasses we emit. Many climate scientists believe we need to start taking carbon out of the atmosphere too. Plans to do this are called “Negative Emission Technologies” – and some of the first attempts are just getting off the ground. 

Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency

About twenty years ago Sudden Oak Death devastated oaks around the Bay Area. Today, biologists are concerned about a related disease, appearing in local nurseries and on wild lands.   

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Tourism is booming in Sonoma County. Annually visitors spend more than a billion dollars in restaurants and at hotels and wineries. That means good job prospects for hundreds of local students. Yesterday Santa Rosa held its first Wine Classic – an event to raise scholarship money for local food and wine programs. 

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 It's the height of flu season and public health officials want to know where it's headed next. On today's North Bay Report we learn of a project to use "Big Data" to improve estimates of flu trends.

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It’s good news for the bay. Scientists have spotted a steep decline in the levels of toxic flame-retardant chemicals. 

Researchers at the San Francisco Estuary Institute were pleased to recently announce [PDF] that levels of PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) have declined dramatically since a state-enacted ban.

What if you could water your yard with rainwater stored in your fence? A Rohnert Park high school student is proposing to do just that with an invention he's calling a "water fence".

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