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Wine Industry Water Grab?

California's slow-mo adoption of groundwater regulations is prompting all sorts of legal maneuvers by the state's irrigation elite, who are striving for the fewest restrictions on their pumps possible. In…

California’s Failed Water System

California’s Failed Water System

In a decision bursting with symbolism, the California State Water Resources Control Board recently announced its intention to draw down the main water supply reservoir for a half-million people who…

A Profile of MRC Timber Harvests and Herbicide Use

A Profile of MRC Timber Harvests and Herbicide Use

Perhaps more than any large private timber company in the history of California's redwood coastal region region, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) has branded itself as an environmentally responsible land steward. …

Trouble at Mendocino Redwood Company

Trouble at Mendocino Redwood Company

In an historic development, employees of Mendocino County's largest timber firm, Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC), are threatening to boycott the company in response to recent management decisions that have undercut…

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

California has arguably taken stronger legislative steps to address climate change than any state in the union. Assembly Bill 32 mandates that the state reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 1990…

Mendocino Redwood Company: The First 100,000 Acres

Mendocino Redwood Company: The First 100,000 Acres

Mendocino Redwood Company, or MRC, is Mendocino County's largest private landowner. No other individual or entity comes close.  The company owns 227,000 acres of redwood and mixed conifer forest in…

Pot Bad, Wine Good

Pot Bad, Wine Good

Let's begin with some Q&A. In the 1990s, runaway cultivation of a mind-altering cash crop led to a spate of illegal surface water diversions from the streams and springs that…

Turning Water Into Wine

The unregulated expansion of California’s wine industry into the state’s coastal regions is depleting groundwater supplies and devastating rivers and fisheries. Along the border of Sonoma and Napa counties, roughly…

Too Many Straws In the Russian

On April 21st, officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the State Water Resources Control Board sent joint letters to property owners in four of the Russian…

MRC: Profiting in the Name of ‘Restoration’

MRC: Profiting in the Name of ‘Restoration’

On Tuesday, April 21st (yesterday, as this week’s edition goes to press) the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors was set to consider regulations, for the first time, on Mendocino Redwood…

California’s Thirsty Wine-Grapes

In the San Joaquin Valley heartland town of Livingston, located along Highway 99 between Turlock and Merced, the United States' most lucrative wine corporation, E&J Gallo, operates the world's largest…

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