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News articles ranging from water and energy issues, and restoration projects to science and technology are found here.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hum. Co. Assessed Property Values now online

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Mari Wilson, Humboldt County Assessor, is pleased to inform the public that the 2013-2014 assessment roll has been completed. The values are now available on the County website at http://www.co.humboldt.ca.us/assessor/assessment-inquiry.html. Assessments can be searched by parcel number, assessment number, or street address.

Here's the July 15, 2013 press release from the Assessor's office:

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2013-2014 ASSESSED VALUE NOTICES

Thanks to the work of the dedicated staff of the Assessor's Office, Mari Wilson, Humboldt County Assessor, is pleased to inform the public that the 2013-2014 assessment roll has been completed. The values are now available on the County website at http://www.co.humboldt.ca.us/assessor/assessment-inquiry.html. Assessments can be searched by parcel number, assessment number, or street address.

Since 2011 the Assessor's Office has been providing assessed value notices to owners of real and personal property via the county website. This has reduced the staff time and cost of printing and mailing. Changes in value might occur because the current real estate climate has reduced the market value of the property below its Proposition 13 factored base year value, ownership changes, new construction, construction in progress, business property assessments, and restricted value of property under the Williamson Act or TPZ.

Property owners without access to the county website can obtain a printed value notice by calling the Assessor's Office at 445-7663 or toll free (866) 240-0485 and requesting a notice be sent to them. Owners can also make written request to Assessor Mari Wilson, 825 5th Street, Room 300, Eureka, CA 95501 or come to that location to request a notice in person. This contact information can also be used for any questions you have regarding your assessed values.

In addition to value information the website offers maps, frequently used forms, and links to property tax information.

 

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Water Rights Forum audio online

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Update: KMUD makes audio recording of this nearly three-hour forum available on this website. Audio has been edited into five parts, and can be listened to or downloaded from the links below.

Salmonid Restoration Federation and Friends of the Eel River hosted a Water Rights educational forum for rural landowners on July 11, 2013 at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland. Speakers included Jane Arnold, water specialist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Matt McCarthy with the Division of Water Rights of the State Water Board, Tasha McKee Sanctuary Forest, Bryan McFadin of the Northcoast Water Quality Control Board, and Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River. An audience of about 150 residents came to learn about water rights, small domestic use permits, and what constitutes a riparian right. For more information, please call SRF at 707 923-7501 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The water rights brochure mentioned during this presentation can be found at http://calsalmon.org/files/documents/tools/RedwoodCreek_WaterRights.pdf
We will include other links mentioned as they become available.

 


 

A Water Rights Educational Forum for Rural Landowners will be held on Thursday, July 11 from 4-7pm at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland.The forum will be hosted by Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) and Friends of the Eel River and features speakers Jane Arnold, Water Specialist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Matt McCarthy with the Division of Water Rights of the State Water Control Board, Bryan McFadin, from the North Coast Water Quality Control Board, and Tasha McKee from Sanctuary Forest. Attendees will learn about water rights, small domestic use permits, and what constitutes a riparian right. For more information call SRF at 707 923-7501 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There will be time set aside after the presentations for a question and answer period. The presentation part of the Water Rights Forum will be broadcast live on KMUD from 4 to 6 pm.

Use the player below to hear more about this Water Rights Forum, including an interview with Dana Soltzman, Executive Director of Salmonid Restoration Federation. This story was aired by KMUD News Director, Terri Klemetson on the KMUD Local News Mon., July 8. 2013.

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Update Thurs., June 27, 2013- According to a telephone conversation today with Bob Rinker, Manager of the Statements and Use Program, California State Water Board, the goal of the program is to get people to comply voluntarily in reporting their water diversions. If the enforcement section of the program does a review and finds that a person has complied voluntarily, even though they missed the initial filing in 2010, the agency is less likely to take any punitive action against that person. In other words, he suggests that people required to report do so ASAP. The form for filing your water diversion for the first time can be obtained using the link below.

Click here to download State Water Resources Control Board "Initial Statement of Water Diversion and Use Form."

Bob Rinker will be at the Water Rights Educational Forum for Rural Landowners on Thursday, July 11 from 4-6pm at the Beginnings Octagon in Briceland. The forum will be hosted by Salmonid Restoration Federation (SRF) and Friends of the Eel River and features speakers Jane Arnold, Water Specialist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Matt McCarthy with the Division of Water Rights of the State Water Board, and Tasha McKee from Sanctuary Forest. Attendees will learn about water rights, small domestic use permits, and what constitutes a riparian right. For more information call SRF at 707 923-7501 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The original post on this story appears below.


 

The deadline for complying with California State Water Board requirements for reporting water diversions (taking and using water from rivers streams and springs) is July 1, 2013. Most diversions covered by this mandatory reporting requirement are from surface water taken and used from rivers and streams or from springs that flow off the property in which the total amount of spring water diverted is 25 acre-feet or more per year. More information on what diversions are specifically required for this reporting requirement can be obtained by clicking here.

According to the State Water Board website, the main purpose of the "Statement Program" is to create a central repository for records of diversions and uses of water. The site also states that: "Failure to file a statement may subject you to civil liabilities that carry a maximum fine of $1,000 plus $500 for each day the violation continues after 30 days of the State Water Board notifying you of the violation."

 

  • Click here for KMUD News coverage of the first round of reporting which was due July 1, 2010 covering water usage for 2009. This piece inclues an interview with Bob Rinker, Manager of the Statements and Use Program, California State Water Board and aired on the KMUD Local News on June 18, 2010 - report submitted by KMUD Community Journalist Bob Froehlich.
  • Click here for the archived CLMP show hosted by Bonnie Blackberry who welcomes Jane Arnold and Shane Embrey of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local activist Tom Grover. They discuss the expanding enforcement of state water diversion laws. This show aired on KMUD on Wed., June 5, 2013 at 7 pm, navigate to that time and date to listen to the show.

The energy company, PacificCorp, has plans to conduct algaecide experiments in the Klamath River this summer. Additionally, gold miners have found a way to get around the law banning suction dredge mining, and Native American tribes and environmental acitivists are rallying to stop both practices.

The player below contains a news piece submitted by News Correspondent Eric Black. The story aired on the KMUD Local News on June 17, 2013.

An additional story, submitted by Eric Black on low water flows in the Klamath River, can be heard using the player below. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Mon., June 24, 2013.

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