Natural Resources and Science

Natural Resources and Science

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

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.

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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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Ben Schill (see photo above), a 70 year-old retired carpenter, handiman and local historian, from Phillipsville, is on a mission to restore the Wailaki Languge. The Native-American Wailaki people lived along the Eel River in an area that now lies in Mendocino and Humboldt Counties.

Schill gave a presentation at a Southern Humboldt Working Together (SHWT) meeting on Wed., June 5, 2013. A short part of Schill's presentation was aired in a story about him on the KMUD Local News, Wed., June 19, 2013.

Use the player below to hear the entire presentation by Ben Schill. The Audio was recorded by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell. Note: the first few words of the presentation were not recorded.

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) has filed a suit to challenge the actions of officials in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to fund, administer, and operate the Trinity River fish hatchery on the Trinity River in northern California. The Trinity River fish hatchery (shown in the photo above) is located on Highway 299; 24 miles west of Redding. Click here to see a copy of the lawsuit.

Use the player below to hear more on this story in a report submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Dan Young. This piece aired on the KMUD Local News Fri., June 14, 2013.

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