“With no rain in sight, Willits officials are contemplating imposing tough new restrictions on city water users. …
“’By our January meeting we’re going to have to do something’ if there’s no significant rainfall before then, said Sean White, manager of the Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District.”
“Fruit Growers Supply Company has its sights on building and operating a small log mill in Yreka at the old Hi-Ridge Lumber plant, but a long overdue cleanup of the site’s water pollutants are hampering the process.
“Charles Brown, Fruit Growers senior vice president of northern operations, said the cooperative is working with the current owners and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to see what it is going to require to clean up the site.”
“Directors of the Calaveras County Water District approved several actions at their meeting Wednesday, Dec. 11. However, before voting on the actions, the directors first took time to elect a new president and vice president for the board.
“By unanimous approval, acting vice president Scott Ratterman was elected president, replacing outgoing board President Dennis Dooley.
“Drought conditions are taking their toll on chinook salmon in the Sacramento River this year, fisheries experts say.
“Low water releases out of Shasta and Keswick dams, coupled with less water flowing into the Sacramento River from tributaries, has eggs in hundreds of salmon nests in the river ‘high and dry,’ killing the eggs and recently hatched baby salmon.”
“The idea of letting a handful of rural northern counties break away to form their own state of Jefferson is a nonstarter among most Californians, but a full quarter of the state thinks the plan sounds just dandy, a new Field Poll shows. …
“So far the boards of supervisors in Siskiyou and Modoc have voted to secede, and citizen committees promoting the idea have been formed in the counties of Tehama, Shasta, Del Norte, Humboldt, Butte, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Assembly Member Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento):
“Unlike the agreement we reached with the East Bay Municipal Utility District that served the interests of all parties, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and the proposed enormous water export tunnels supported by the water contractors would give assured benefits to those who would take water out of the Delta while leaving Northern California and Delta parties with only uncertainty and risk.
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:
“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and comprehensive statewide water plan.
“A major milestone for a project that will improve water quality for the majority of Yolo County residents was celebrated on Tuesday. The project will replace the largest unscreened intake on the Sacramento River.”
“A draft of the Northern Sacramento Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, which six northern counties, including Colusa and Sutter, have been working on since May 2010 is close to being completed.