AM News Tuesday 8.13.13
The Willits City Council meeting this Wed. At 6:30 at City Hall will deal with
three important issues.
The first is Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Use of City Streets by the Contractor - DaSilvaGates, Flatiron on the Willits Bypass Project.
The second is the Discussion and Possible Direction Regarding Potential
Use/Purchase of Treated Wastewater by the Contractors on the Willits
Bypass Project (as requested by Councilmember Strong).
According to Mayor Holly Madrigal appearing on Mendo Matters last week,
the amount of water required for dust abatement is quite a bit in excess of
what had expected particularly in light of a later agenda item to Adopt a
Resolution Declaring a Phase I Water Shortage Emergency.
Two water districts in the Sacramento area have filed a lawsuit in federal
court in Fresno to stop increased flows on the Trinity River set to begin on
The Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority allege that the Bureau of Reclamation's planned releases from Trinity
Reservoir to protect salmon in the lower Klamath River would be unlawful
and would further cut water available for the growers, causing them
"significant and irreparable harm"
"Instead of releasing that water to the Trinity River, Defendants could export it to the Sacramento watershed to support deliveries to members of the
Authority. By doing so, Reclamation could restore the 5% allocation to south-of-Delta contractors that was cut on March 22, 2013."
The Hoopa Valley Tribe responded by intervening in the lawsuit in support
of increased releases down the Trinity.
"Our fisheries scientists are very concerned about developing fish disease
conditions in the Lower Klamath River, conditions that will affect the salmon runs returning to the Trinity River," said Danielle Vigil-Masten, Chair of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. " A die -off of Trinity River salmon, if it were to occur again this year, would be very harmful to the many Hoopa tribal members who rely upon these fish."
The Yurok Tribe and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations
(PCFFA) will also intervene in the lawsuit in support of the Trinity River
The Mendocino County Woody Biomass Working Group and the Coastal
Biomass Collaborative invite the public to attend community education and discussion sessions this month regarding the ecological impact of biomass
removal in Mendocino County forests.The meetings concern the ecological harm caused by overharvesting of biomass .
Three events will be held :
- Fort Bragg, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 5-7:30 p.m., County Library community room.
- Covelo, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5-7:30 p.m., Tribal Administration Building.
- Ukiah, Thursday, Aug. 22, 5-7:30 p.m., Grace Hudson Museum.
The California Office of Environmental Health has issued its first-ever set of statewide guidelines for eating safe fish from California's lakes
and reservoirs, including many in Northern California.
The new advisory advises that women between the ages of 18 and 45 and
children under 18 should avoid eating bass, carp, and brown trout larger
than 16 inches because of a risk of methyl mercury exposure, which has
been shown to damage the brain and nervous system.
Some species of fish, like bullhead, catfish and bluegill are acceptable for
consumption at one serving a week. Species that are safe to eat include
wild-caught rainbow trout, and small brown trout.
The advisory and guidelines stem from the evaluation of 272 lakes and
reservoirs, and 2,600 fish samples.
A recently released study found that sportfish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed had higher concentrations of mercury and
PCB's than anywhere else in the state.
The advisories can be found at: www.oehha.ca.gov/fish.html
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