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The current drought in California has prompted a streamlined approval process for installation of storage tanks by landowners in several regions of the state, including Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. According to a press release from the Calif. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, "...CDFW has essentially 'pre-approved' the installation of storage tanks that meet the general criteria. The State Water Board has agreed to incorporate these criteria as conditions of approval, and to expedite the issuance of the registrations."
The press release applauded local conservation efforts saying, "Today’s action was the direct result of suggestions made by local communities and fish conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Mattole River Sanctuary Forest and the Salmonid Restoration Federation."
This streamlined approval process is limited to parties that are diverting and storing water to be used only for domestic purposes and fire protection. Further requirements include: tank design (must be rigid type, as opposed to collapsible type); storage tank(s) capacity must be at least that which would constitute a 60-day supply; and agreement by the applicant to use the stored water as a substitute for withdrawing additional water during the summer when flows are lowest. Click here to view the complete press release.
The State Water Resources Control Board has set up a website explaining the new Small Domestic Registration Process-click here connect to that site.
Click here to download the Dept. of Calif. Fish and Wildlife conditions that apply to registrations that meet the criteria for Emergency Tank Storage Registrations.
On March 14, 2014, KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, interviewed Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of the Salmonid Restoration Federation for more information about this new change in water storage requirements. The audio from this interview can be heard using the player below.
Use the player below to hear Jane Arnold from the Dept. of Fish & wildlife as she clarifies some of the new tank storage policy changes. Ms. Arnold was a guest on the Thurs. March 18, edition of the KMUD Environment Show hosted by Scott Greacen, Executive Director of Friends of the Eel River.
A gathering of Calif. state and federal agency officials presented information and answered questions at a Joint Press Conference hosted by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and United States Bureau of Reclamation. Mark Cowin, Director of DWR, (shown in the photo pointing to the map) opened the press conference by reviewing the present extent of the drought in California, saying, "We should all be clear by now that this is not a coming crisis. This is not an evolving crisis. This is a current crisis." Other speakers included David Murillo, Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region of the Bureau of Reclamation, Felicia Marcus Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and Tom Howard Executive Director of SWCRB. After the presentations, questions were taken from media present at the press conference followed by a round of phone-in questions.
Immediately below is a report on the press conference submitted by KMUD Correspondent, Kelly Lincoln, which aired on the KMUD Local News on Jan. 1, 2014. Below that are players containing audio segments from the press conference. These segments were recorded and edited by Kelly Lincoln. Click here for more photos of the press conference and here for a video of the conference. Additional associated information can be viewed on the SWRCB website.
Press Conference Audio Below:
Mark Cowin, Director of California Department of Water Resources - introductions and opening remarks
David Murillo, Regional Director for the Mid-Pacific Region of the Bureau of Reclamation
Felicia Marcus Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board
Tom Howard Executive Director State Water Resources Control Board
Q&A from media present
Q&A from phone-in participants
A full day of information, food, conversation, and fun took place last Sat., Feb 1, 2014 at the Beginnings Octagon and Briceland Vineyard in Briceland. Jointly sponsored by Salmonid Restoration Federation and Sanctuary Forest, the event began at 10 am, was well-attended, and was broadcast live on KMUD. Dana Stolzman, Executive Director of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, opened the workshop with introductions and an explanation of the day's schedule which included presentations, a panel discussion, a lunch, and in the afternoon, a Water Rights Clinic, tour of water conservation projects at Briceland Vineyards, and concluded with a free wine tasting at the vineyard. Topics covered in the presentations and panel discussion included: How to Navigate Water Rights, Conserving Water in a Time of Drought, Resources for Rural Landowners and Local & Regional Water Conservation Efforts.
The workshop audio was recorded by KMUD and can be heard using the players below. KMUD Technical Director, Simon Frech, edited the audio into the various segments, according to speaker. Photos are by Bob Froehlich. Tune to KMUD Local News weekdays at 6 pm (and rebroadcast at 8 am) to hear additional reports by Kelly Lincoln on this Water and Solutions Workshop.
Speakers are shown in the photo below: (from right to left) Sara Schremmer (standing), Scott Greacen, Tasha McKee, Matt Cocking, Mark Lancaster, and Brian Johnson.
Audio Segments - Note: To download a segment click on the "SOUNDCLOUD" link (top right corner of each segment). This takes you to thye KMUD NEWS SoundCloud page where you will see a download button.
1) Dana Stolzman, Executive Director, Salmonid Restoration Federation opens the Workshop.
2) Scott Greacen, Executive Director, Friends of the Eel River
3) Tasha McKee, Executive Director, Sanctuary Forest
4) Matt Cocking Forester for the National Resources Conservation Service
5) Comments: Dana Stolzman
6) Sara Schremmer - Project Coordinator, Salmonid Restoration Federation
9) Brian Johnson, California Director, Trout Unlimited
10) Panel discussion and Q&A
As part of their military readiness and training programs the U.S. Navy utilizes sonar and explosives which impact marine life. To evaluate the impacts of this program, the Navy has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and is now inviting public comment on this draft EIS. Click here for the EIS Document and here for the on-line public comment form. More information appears in the Navy press releases below.
Hear more on this story in the report below, submitted and aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson, on the KMUD Local NEWS, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
Press releases from the Navy Public Affairs Ofice:
The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with military readiness training and testing activities conducted primarily within existing range complexes, operating areas and testing ranges in the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area.
The Navy invites the public to comment on the NWTT Draft EIS, whether it be online on the project website, in person at one of our public meetings, or by mail. The document as well as an online comment form can be found on the project's website at www.NWTTEIS.com. All comments must be postmarked or received online by March 25, 2014, for consideration in the Final EIS.
*Note: This EIS is different from the EA-18 G Growler Airfield Operations EIS for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the P-8 A MMA Supplemental EIS for Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman EIS in Boardman, Oregon.
Release #14-001;Jan. 24, 2014:
Northwest Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review and Comment
SILVERDALE, Wash. - The U.S. Navy has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with military readiness training and testing activities conducted primarily within existing range complexes, operating areas and testing ranges in the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area. The Navy invites you to comment on the NWTT Draft EIS/OEIS.
The Navy proposes to conduct training and testing activities, to include the use of active sonar and explosives, within the NWTT Study Area. The Proposed Action also includes pierside sonar maintenance and testing within the NWTT Study Area.
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to ensure that the Navy accomplishes its mission to maintain, train and equip combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. This mission is achieved in part by training and testing within the NWTT Study Area. The NWTT EIS/OEIS also supports the renewal of federal regulatory permits and authorizations for current training and testing activities and future activities requiring environmental analysis.
The NWTT Study Area is composed of Navy training and testing range complexes, operating areas, testing facilities, and select Navy pierside locations in the Pacific Northwest. Aircraft training and testing activities that take place on or within established Navy airfields at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. or Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility Boardman, Ore. are not included in this NWTT EIS/OEIS.
Visit the project website at www.NWTTEIS.com to download the Draft EIS/OEIS, view a map of the NWTT Study Area, learn more about the project and submit comments online.
Availability of Draft EIS/OEIS and Public Comment Period:
The Navy is seeking public input on the Proposed Action and alternatives, and the accuracy and adequacy of the Draft EIS/OEIS analysis. The Draft EIS/OEIS is available for public review online at www.NWTTEIS.com and at the following locations:
. Fort Bragg Branch Library
. Humboldt County Public Library, Arcata Main Library
. Humboldt County Public Library, Eureka Main Library
The Navy is accepting comments throughout the 60-day public comment period, from Jan. 24, 2014, to March 25, 2014. All comments must be postmarked or received online by March 25, 2014, for consideration in the Final EIS/OEIS. Written comments may be submitted via the project website at www.NWTTEIS.com, in person at the public meetings or by mail to:
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: Ms. Kimberly Kler - NWTT EIS/OEIS Project Manager
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101
Eight public meetings will be held to inform the public about the Navy's Proposed Action and findings in the Draft EIS/OEIS, and solicit public comments on the environmental analysis. The public meetings will include an open house information session starting at 5 p.m. During this time, Navy representatives will provide information and answer questions about the Proposed Action and Draft EIS/OEIS. A short presentation by the Navy will begin at 6:30 p.m. Comments will be accepted throughout the public meeting.
The North Coast Calif. Meetings are listed below: Open House Information Sessions: 5-8 p.m./Navy Presentation: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Red Lion Hotel Redwood Ballroom
1929 4th St.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Redwood Coast Senior Center West Room
490 N. Harold St.
Fort Bragg, CA