Public Meeting Video Archives

Water on the Mountain

Local Water Experts Answer Your Questions

November 16, 7:30 p.m. 

Link to video recording here.

With the Monterey Bay area at D2 level Severe Drought, and with the CZU fire and the changing climate, we in Bonny Doon have concerns about our wells and the quality of our water. How will this natural resource be impacted by continued drought, fire and changing rainfall patterns? Please join the RBDA for a panel discussion about water in Bonny Doon. Three local authorities will answer your questions about well maintenance, drilling and the geology that makes it all work. 

Aaron Bierman is the principal of Bierman Hydro-geo-logic. He earned his B.A. in Earth Sciences from UCSC in 1994 and became a professional licensed hydrogeologist in 2005. He is an expert in water resource management, catchment-and-basin size hydrogeologic and long-term sustainable water supply analysis, fractured hard rock structural controlled groundwater flow, and has served as an expert witness in hydrogeologic discrepancies in relation to groundwater resources, well feasibility and groundwater quantity and quality. 

 Aaron Lingemann is a third-generation Bonny Doon water well driller who has been drilling for 30+ years. Under Aaron’s leadership, Earth Flow Drilling became the first water well drilling company in the United States to purchase a state of the art Versa-Drill V2000, a rig capable of drilling very deep wells (500 feet and more) and has also maintained Earth Flow Drilling’s long reputation as dedicated, personable and hard-working. 

Justin Robinson follows his dad’s lead as the principal of Tom’s Well Service, servicing wells in Bonny Doon since 1978. He is also a Category 1 Master’s cyclocross racer.

Ask A Forester! Update on San Vicente Redwoods

September 21, 2022

Link to video recording here.

Meet the 3rd District Supervisor Candidates

May 11, 2022

Link to video recording here.

Perspectives on Living in a Post-Fire Forest

May 12, 2021

Link to video recording here. Password: ZQ$zV2z7

Maya Khosla – Wildlife biologist, writer 

Dr. Chad Hanson – Research ecologist

Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. Field work grounds her writing: thousands of hours spent in untouched post-fire forests that grow full of life. She is currently working on a film about being fire-wise. Her books include: All the Fires of Wind and Light, poetry from Sixteen Rivers Press (2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award); Keel Bone, poetry from Bear Star Press (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize); and Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek (Golden Gate Parks Conservancy). Sonoma County Conservation Council selected Maya as one of the 2020 Environmentalists of the Year. She served as the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020), organizing a series of filmed readings to bring Sonoma’s communities together after the 2017 fires. Her poems have been featured in documentary films and in many journals. 

Dr. Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Big Bear City, California. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems, and he is the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix. He has published dozens of scientific studies and articles in peer-reviewed journals pertaining to forest and fire ecology, and recently finished a second book, focusing on forest protection to mitigate climate change, and the myths about wildland fire that are impeding progress. Research by Dr. Hanson covers topics such as: natural post-fire forest regrowth and carbon sequestration; historical forests, carbon flux in wildland fires; current forest fire patterns and trends; fire history; habitat selection of rare wildlife species associated with habitat created by high-intensity fire; and adverse impacts to wildlife caused by logging. He became involved in forest conservation work after hiking the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 1989 with his older brother, and seeing firsthand the devastation to forests caused by the commercial logging program on federal public lands.