North Coast News

Humboldt Bay water district awarded Wildlife Conservation Board Grant

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:02pm

The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has been awarded a $693,408 Wildlife Conservation Board Grant, which will be used to investigate dedicating a portion of HBMWD’s water rights to instream flow for beneficial use. This stream flow dedication is intended to benefit fish and wildlife by increasing habitat for salmonids and special status species in the Mad River. This award brings State monies into our County, and we would like to thank the following entities who committed in-kind services and support: Blue Lake Rancheria, California Trout, Humboldt County Planning and Building Department, Mad River Alliance, National Marine Fisheries Service, North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Six Rivers National Forest. Local scientists and engineers from GHD, HT Harvey, and Stillwater Sciences assisted in grant preparation. http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180328/humboldt-bay-water-district-gets-693k-grant

Upper Elk River Sediment TMDL approved

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:02pm

The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has reviewed the Action Plan for the Upper Elk River Sediment TMDL and approved it as regulation.  The Action Plan is now in effect.  The Elk River TMDL webpage has been updated to include documentation of OAL approval. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/water_issues/programs/tmdls/elk_river/

Klamath River dam releases challenged by farmers, water districts.

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:03pm

Six Klamath Basin water districts, organizations and farmers are seeking to overturn federally-mandated dam water releases on the Klamath River meant to protect juvenile coho salmon (pictured) from deadly parasitic outbreaks like those that occurred in 2014 and 2015. Local tribes say critically important dam water releases meant to protect threatened salmon on the Klamath River from deadly parasitic disease outbreaks are being contested by irrigators and water districts in the Klamath Basin as they face drought conditions. Basin ranchers, farmers and water districts argue in a federal court filing this month that the potential for fish disease outbreaks this year is low, but that the drought conditions the basin faces could cause significant economic impacts to their region. http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180314/klamath-river-fish-kill-preventive-dam-releases-challenged-by-farmers-water-districts

Yurok Tribe appeals dismissal of fishing rights lawsuit

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:04pm

A decades-old dispute over fishing rights in the lower Klamath River between the Yurok Tribe and its smaller neighbor, the Resighini Rancheria, is now going before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The Yurok Tribe had filed a federal lawsuit against the Resighini Rancheria and Rancheria Secretary Gary Dowd in May 2016, claiming Rancheria members illegally fished the mouth of the Klamath River several times without permission of the tribe or state between 1994 and 2014. http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180402/yurok-tribe-appeals-dismissal-of-fishing-rights-lawsuit

North Coast Red Abalone fishery closed for 2018

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:05pm

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers that the north coast red abalone fishery will be closed in 2018. In December 2017, the Fish and Game Commission voted to close the 2018 season. The closure is the result of extreme environmental conditions, including a widespread collapse of northern California kelp forests. https://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2018/04/02/north-coast-red-abalone-fishery-closed-for-2018/

Ocean Protection Council updates Sea-Level Rise Guidance

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:06pm

The Ocean Protection Council has adopted the 2018 update of the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance. It provides information to help government agencies incorporate sea level rise into their planning decisions. http://www.opc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/agenda_items/20180314/Item3_Exhibit-A_OPC_SLR_Guidance-rd3.pdf

UC Berkeley Law report examines legal questions around SGMA

Apr 16, 2018 at 6:07pm

A new report from the UC Berkeley School of Law examines the  legal questions facing groundwater sustainability agencies as they work to meet the requirements of SGMA. In particular, it looks at the way the relationship between groundwater and surface water plays into decisions made by agencies and other stakeholders. https://www.law.berkeley.edu/research/clee/research/wheeler/gw-sw/

New NOAA research holds promise of predicting snowpack even before the snow falls

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:58pm

New NOAA research is showing we can predict snow levels in the mountains of the West in March some eight months in advance. This prediction can be down to the scale of a mountain range, which will improve regional water forecasts. "In summer when people are thinking about 4th of July fireworks and barbeques, long before the first snow has fallen, our experimental prediction system tells us what the following March will be like," said Sarah Kapnick, a physical scientist at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory who led the research that appears online today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Advances in global climate models and high quality ocean, atmospheric and land observations are helping us push the frontiers of snowpack prediction." https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-01/nh-nnr011918.php

District working with landowners on Salt River project

Feb 7, 2018 at 5:59pm

The Humboldt County Resource Conservation District is currently working with landowners to excavate and restore an additional 1.5 miles of the Salt River channel in the year ahead. This year’s phase of the $34 million total project aims to reduce flooding impact and restore wildlife habitat along a portion of the Salt River from where work ended last year near Arlynda Corners north of Ferndale to where the river crosses under the state Route 211 bridge. http://www.times-standard.com/general-news/20180124/district-working-with-landowners-on-salt-river-project