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Volume 7, Number 11  November 4 - December 2, 2010



The following is a series of articles written by people who have committed their hearts to helping animals. You may want to become involved in any number of ways - from committing time, money and/or resources.

Sonoma County Animal Rescue Series »

Checking into this collection are volunteers from:

There is also a complete list of Sonoma County Animal Rescue organization at the category RESOURCES on GazExtra!.

Thanks for being a reader who loves animals.

Water Rights and Fish Flows

Sonoma County Water Rights and Fish Flows

Public Environmental Review Process to Begin...

by Brenda Adelman

SCWA is now beginning the environmental review process needed to petition the State Water Board to PERMANENTLY lower flows to 70 cubic feet per second (cfs), a 45% decrease from what is normally a minimum of 125 cfs. Decision 1610 (D1610) is the State Law they expect to alter.

In order to fulfill requirements of California and national environmental law, SCWA as lead agency is legally required to conduct a public review of their proposal. The Notice of Preparation (NOP) is the first step in this process for the newly named “Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project” and was released September 29, 2010. Comments are due by Nov. 15, 2010.

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WalMart Rohnert Park Superstore Challenged

Battle Against Sprawl

Costs Outweigh Benefits

WalMart Rohnert Park Superstore Challenged

by Martin J. Bennett

Rohnert Park is now the epicenter for the battle against sprawl and big box development in the North Bay.

In April, the Rohnert Park Planning Commission unanimously denied the proposal by Wal-Mart to enlarge its existing discount store into a 167,000 square- foot supercenter. Wal-Mart appealed the decision to the city council and in July the council, after more than five hours of public comment, voted to approve the project. Council member Jake Mackenzie was the lone dissenting vote.

A broad coalition of labor, environmental, and community organizations from across the county organized a grassroots campaign against the supercenter./p>

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