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Water use conditions are part of a General Plan Update Amendment approved on June 9, 2013 by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The amendment involved zoning changes on portions of the Etter Ranch near the intersection of Wilder Ridge and Mattole Road. The re-zoning will allow portions of the ranch to accommodate residential and commercial uses which were previously restricted by the Agricultural-exclusive designation. The re-zone will facilitate a proposed project to restore the Honeydew Town Center atmosphere that existed before fires, floods and earthquakes led to its collapse.
In order to insure that the revitalization project will not create additional strain on water resources, several conditions accompanied approval including possible additional on-site water storage, bans on diversions during low-flow periods, and monitoring of the project development by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
More information can be found by using the audio player below to hear a piece submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz. This story was aired by KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, on Wed., July 10, 2013.
Reminder: Final Week to Vote in Congressman Huffman's Landscape Photography Competition
WASHINGTON—This is the last week to vote in Congressman Jared Huffman's Landscape Photography Competition, which features photos of the second Congressional District of California, spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.
"I've received over 200 photos of what is undoubtedly the most beautiful Congressional District in the nation," Congressman Huffman said. "Voting ends this Thursday and I look forward to seeing the winning photos."
· Constituents should visit Congressman Huffman's Facebook page and "like" their favorite photos. The two winning photographs will determined by most Facebook "likes."
· Voting will close on Thursday, July 18 at Noon PT, and the top two winning photographs will be announced later that day.
· Each photograph will be published as Congressman Huffman's official Twitter header photo and Facebook cover photo for three months apiece.
· Authors will retain copyright. By submitting a photo, authors are giving the office of Congressman Huffman permission to use said photo on the official Facebook, Twitter, and Website.
For a high-res version of the above graphic, click HERE.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Click here for more information about the Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project.
- Click here for the Redwood Creek Water Conservation Project,South Fork Eel River: Report & Updates.
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.
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 to access the archive to locate and listen to an archived show with Scott Greacen, from Friends of the Eel River, talking about water rights, water diversion, water storage and reporting requirements. This show is found on the KMUD Archive and aired on Tues., June 18, 2013 at 7 pm.
- 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.