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New Orleans’ Ponderosa Stomp has presented the “unsung heroes of American music” for well over a decade in blues, soul, country, rockabilly and garage rock. Stomp impresario Dr. Ike shares his memories of pioneering the raucous, eclectic gathering, and we visit with this year’s headliner, R&B guitar-woman— aka the Black Female Elvis—Barbara Lynn from Beaumont, TX. We’ll also hear from previous headliner, Arizona Twangmaster Duane Eddy. We’re spinning tracks from Stomp artists including Gary U.S. Bonds, Lazy Lester and Linda Gail Lewis.

Secrets of Successfully Dry-Farming Grapes

May 16, 2017

For vineyards, dry farming means no irrigation, relying only on what Nature provides—with an assist from composting and other supportive measures. An experienced practitioner shared his insights at an on-site workshop Tuesday morning.

Using cover crops to add organic material to the soil is another important step in Bernier's dry-farming process.

The dry farming workshop was co-hosted by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Sonoma Resource Conservation District.

New Study to Test Viability of Composting Toilets

Mar 24, 2017

Waterless composting of human waste is not a new idea. But in the modern world, it’s never been a popular one either. A new study of the latest models of composting toilets, getting underway here in Sonoma County, hopes to set the stage for changing attitudes toward them.

While the actual study of the efficacy of new composting toilets is just getting started, it required quite some time just to get permission to do it, reports the county’s James Johnson.

Tiffany Camhi

For nearly ten years, a group of volunteers have been gathering every first Saturday of the month to clean up trash and help beautify the Santa Rosa Creek. Now what was once just considered a flood controlling waterway for the city has become a vibrant creek filled with life. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi checked out this month’s clean up.

The three-stage descent of the full length of the Russian River wrapped up this weekend with a public finale kayaking from Duncan’s Mills to Jenner. It was an extended prelude to a broad examination of the watershed and its future next year. 

By design, the on-the-water descent of the Russian River brought together stakeholders who hold sometimes conflicting views. Riverkeeper Don McEnhill says that shared experience holds the prospect of better working relationships going forward.

Making Beef Sustainable

Jul 20, 2016
True Grass Farms

  Self-sufficiency is a cornerstone of sustainability, and it can even be applied to raising prime grass-fed beef. On today’s report, we hear from a young farmer who is doing just that.

The best time of year for butchering beef cattle is usually late summer, explains True Grass Farms’ Guido Frosini. But exactly when is determined by the growth cycle of the grasses that the cattle feed on.

Beyond his own farming practices, Frosini is also determined to build new bridges between consumers and food producers.

Alternative Approaches to Vineyard Frost Protection

Mar 28, 2016

Recent warm weather has triggered the onset of bud break in the vineyards, yet the lingering threat of cold nights carries enormous risk. But some new research suggests there are chemical and botanical measures that can deflect the danger of freezing, without requiring the use of large amounts of water or electricity. We get details from reporter Valerie Kim in Hopland.

Local ‘Partners’ Aid Rural African Tribe

Mar 11, 2016

  Californians have been coping with drought for a few years now. For the Masai people of eastern Africa, water shortages have been a fact of life for generations, one of several needs that a local non-profit is helping with.

  The Masai are a long-standing tribal presence in their region, a people that, Alias Morindot explains, have managed to preserve most of their traditional way of life into the 21st century.

From that perspective, he sees pronounced contrasts with the culture of contemporary California.

Dam Removal Awaits Congressional Confirmation

Nov 9, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  A hard-won agreement to remove some dams on the Klamath River now needs action  from Congress to finalize it. But time for that is running out. Chris Thomas has the story.

Calculating Residential Water Changes

May 21, 2015

  An easy-to-use computer modeling tool allows homeowners and others to calculate water use and installation costs for building, landscaping or remodeling projects. It’s being developed and tested here in Sonoma County, but is meant to be applicable statewide.

Vineyard Water Conservation

May 20, 2015

  By using drip irrigation systems sparingly, vineyards can improve their crop while also saving water, a group of local growers were told yesterday. They were at a Vineyard Irrigation Efficiency workshop held at the Benzinger Winery in Glen Ellen Wednesday morning.

Sunday at 6 p.m., Mouthful tackles the complicated issue of fluoride in our water system, with four special guests: David Little of Little Organic Farm; Scott Goyne of Henhouse Brewing; Michael Girout of Alvarado Street Bakery and Dawna Gallagher-Stroeh, director of Clean Water Sonoma Marin.

That's this Sunday evening at a new time, 6 p.m., on Mouthful, Smart Talk About Food, Wine & Farming in the North Bay and Beyond, with host Michele Anna Jordan on KRCB FM Radio 91.

Water Conservation Requirements Increased

Mar 18, 2015

  As reservoir levels have started declining again, after our meager winter rains, the state is ratcheting up its mandatory water conservation measures. New and more stringent restrictions were announced this week by the California Water Resources Control Board.

Sonoma County’s Climate Change Vulnerabilities

Mar 12, 2015

Limiting the extent of climate change remains a priority for Sonoma County. But we should be preparing to live with it, too. A new report examines the hazards that need to be addressed.

  Deanne DiPietro, another co-author of the Climate Ready Sonoma County report, is a climate change scientist with the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. She hopes that this new document will help people to be more pro-active and feel a bit more hopeful about the future.

Environmental Groups Sue State Over Pesticide Plan

Jan 30, 2015

  A sweeping plan to give the California Department of Food Agriculture free rein in applying pesticides statewide is being contested by a broad coalition of food and environmental groups that contend it violates the state’s Environmental Quality Act.

   During the public comment period, before the environmental document was finalized, thousands of people offered thoughts, suggestions and feedback. Yet very little of that was acknowledged, says Nan Wishner of the California Environmental Health Imitative.

Trevi Systems: Out to Cut the Cost of Desalination

Jan 7, 2015

  The biggest obstacle to turning salt water into fresh water is the considerable energy that’s required. A new Petaluma- based company believes it has found a way to cut those costs by more than 80%, and is now out to prove it.

    Beyond the promise the new Trevi Systems technology holds for desalinating seawater, CEO John Webley says there may be even greater potential in cleaning up municipal wastewater.

Natural Gift Flows Through Water Dowser

Dec 30, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  As California’s severe drought continues, farmers, ranchers and vineyard owners are desperately searching for new or additional water sources. So Santa Rosa’s Rob Thompson is keeping busy. 

Rob Thompson’s water dowsing success rate is remarkable, even to him. He attributes it to a combination of a natural gift, and lots of concentrated practice.

Armstrong Grove Pipeline Project Stirs Controversy

Dec 8, 2014

  Plans to replace a 60 year old water pipeline that runs through Armstrong Grove are facing questions and opposition from defenders of the ancient redwoods there.

Sukovitzen is opposed to the current state parks plan to rebuild the water pipeline that runs the 1.1 mile length of Armstrong Grove. But he says an earlier proposal was even worse.

 

Vineyard Frost Protection Rules to Kick in

Nov 24, 2014
Sonoma County Farm Bureau

  Winegrape growers are facing new regulations governing diversions of water from the Russian River and its tributaries for late season frost protection.  But some say that state and county bureaucracies stand in the way of a better response to the problem. The issue was the subject of an Agricultural Water Use Workshop in Cloverdale yesterday. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson was there.

On the Watch for Water Waste

Oct 19, 2014
City of Huntington Beach

When it comes to saving water, every drop counts. On today's North Bay Report, KRCB rides along with staff from the City of Santa Rosa, on the watch for water violations.

The Santa Rosa City adopted mandatory water restrictions on August 5, 2014 to comply with California's drought emergency regulations. Their goal is to reduce water usage by 20 percent compared to 2013. The restrictions and prohibitions on water-use include: 

DIY: California's Water Policy Choices

Sep 9, 2014

  As California’s drought continues, the range of possible responses is narrowing, while the cost for most available options is increasing. The California Water Challenge is a new interactive on-line tool intended to give us a better understanding of the choices and trade-offs that face us. Here’s a closer look at it.

The California Water Challenge website went live this morning; you can try it for yourself here.

Water Emergency in Inverness, Despite Ample Supplies

Aug 22, 2014

  Water reservoirs are full in the small West Marin town of Inverness, yet the community has been ordered by state water officials to implement water emergency measures. That may be unnecessary, but the local water district is taking it all in stride.

The Point Reyes Light published a detailed report on how the Inverness District manages its water  in early 20123.

West Nile Dangers Steady in Drought Summer

Aug 5, 2014

  Dry weather this summer doesn’t mean fewer mosquitoes, so the potential for cases of West Nile Virus in northern California is still a concern. But so far, that’s all it is -- though preventative measures are still important. Here’s more, from the Marin Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District.

  Homeowners and businesses up and down California are under increasing pressure to conserve water; however, they only account for one fifth of the state’s water consumption. Agriculture uses most of the rest, but many of the local water districts that serve farmers in the central valley are out of compliance with state laws that require them to monitor and report on their usage. Today we hear from a reporter who has been tracking that situation.

Expanding California’s Water Supply

Jun 10, 2014

  The best response to the drought, as well as future water shortages, is to make better use of the water that is already here. Four immediately available strategies to do just that are being proposed by a pair of Bay area environmental groups.

  Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in Berkeley, says that implementation of the four strategies they are advocating can be done right away, using policies that are already in place.

Tired of your thirsty lawn? Get paid to rip it out

May 28, 2014
KRCB

 

In dry times, many homeowners search for ways to save both money and water. On today’s North Bay Report we profile one local program that is paying residents to get rid of their water-hungry lawns. 

 Across the United States, there are 40 million acres of turf grass, according to some estimates. That’s more than the land dedicated to corn, wheat and fruit trees -- combined. That makes lawns and yards the nation’s largest irrigated crop.  

Building Community Through Shared Resilience

May 15, 2014

  When Daily Acts launched their 350 Home and Garden Challenge four years ago, their goal was to enlist 350 people or households in committing to take a specific action to help the environment and their community. The response has been so strong, they have now dropped the number (while increasing their goal tenfold) and changed the name to the Community Resilience Challenge. It’s coming up this weekend; here’s an update.

Fish Are Focus of Legislative Forum

Apr 23, 2014

  The health and well-being of the fish in California’s waterway and oceans is a perennial concern for the state legislature, something they will take up in their annual Fisheries Forum in Sacramento tomorrow.  North Coast Assemblyman Wes Chesbro chairs the joint Committee that is hosting the forum, and offers a preview today.

Drought Drive-ups, Town Hall Meetings Set

Apr 21, 2014
Sonoma County Water Agency

  The landscape around us is still green, but the drought is still on, too. It will be the focus of a series of four Town Hall meetings beginning Wednesday in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. Here’s a preview.

The schedule for the Town Hall Meetings is:

Santa Rosa

Wednesday, April 23, 6 – 8 pm

Santa Rosa Finley Center, 2060 W College Ave.

Rohnert Park

Wednesday, April 23,  6:00 – 8:00 pm

City Council Chambers, 130 Avram Ave.

Windsor

Wednesday, April 29, 6 – 8 pm

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