AM News Monday 8.26.13
The US Army Corps of engineers has sent a letter to CalTrans stating that
they are out of compliance on the mitigation portion of the Willits Bypass.
Specifically, the chief of the regulatory division wrote " CT has failed to
complete mitigation site preparation as required. T C is concerned that
future required mitigation will be behind schedule because of CTs failure to
retain a qual contractor to accomplish the required work in a timely manner."
CT must response within 7 days, by 9.1 schedule a mtg between C staff and CT hydologists to discuss potential secondary effects from wick drains on
wetland hydrology, hold a Meeting with Hicks on Sept 6th, 11 am to 1pm in the SF office and complete mitigation site prep by 10.1.
The Corps considers non - comp as a serious breach of permit conditions.
CT faces Up to $27 k fines plus inj thru fed court & restoration may be required by a third party & CT sued to pay for it
Copies went to : Huffman, US Atty, EPA, Cal Dept of Fish & wildlife, North Coast
water, and Malcolm Doughtery, head of CT.
Caltrans sent this response: "We are committed to the 2,000 acres of
mitigation to protect the environment in the Little Lake Valley. We are taking all requested steps to ensure compliance ."
A petition was filed in Mendocino Superior Court Friday challenging the
permit issued by the County authorizing Mendocino Forest Products, to
remove more than 880,000 cubic yards from its property , saying it violated California CEQA and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The petition was filed by the Willits Environmental Center and Keep the Code.
While Mendocino Forest Products Company owns the property, Rau and
Associates was the project applicant as the contracting firm used by the
Harris Quarry Expansion Project.
The petition seeks to have the county stop work at the site, set aside its
prior permit and to conduct appropriate environmental and surface mining
act reviews as required by law.
At 10am this morning, the BOS, will continue their discussion on the Appeal
of the State Parks - Ten Mile Dune Project. The Recommended
Action is that the Board deny the appeal and allow State Parks to tear
out the remnants of the Haul Road in Ft Bragg.
Running out of money to fight wildfires at the peak of the season, the U.S.
Forest Service is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other
areas to fill the gap.
after spending $967 million so far this year, The agency was down to $50
million Forest Service spokesman Larry Chambers said, which is only
enough to pay for a few days.
The U.S. Forest Service now plans to take a portion of the timber payments
it has promised or paid out to 22 states because of sequestration.
California would lose nearly $2.2 million.
U.S. District judge Lawrence J. O'Neill ruled late Thursday that water can be released from Trinity Reservoir to prevent a salmon kill in the lower Klamath River, but the amount of water involved will be less than the federal
government asked for.
The ruling from Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill comes after farmers in the San
Joaquin Valley sued the federal government over the releases of water.
In Thursday's ruling, ONeill stated that a change in environmental conditions and the federal position has meant that two-thirds less water than expected was required.
Environmental groups, fishing organizations and Indian tribes supported the release of the water, and the judge said the modified decision should leave both sides happy.
Advocates for the two sides, for the most part, agreed.
Remember, tomorrow, TUESDAY, AUG. 27 is the First day of school for the Mendocino School District, so drive extra carefully.