Friday, January 02, 2015

FRUITION...

Feds Finally Assert Humboldt’s Right to Trinity River Water Under 1955 Agreement - Ryan Burns/LoCo
Interior opinion upholds Humboldt’s right to promised Trinity water - Times-Standard
Yes, That's Humboldt County's Water - GRANT SCOTT-GOFORTH/North Coast Journal JAN 2, 2015
Four years after a request from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, the federal government has decided, per a solicitor's review, that the county does indeed have the right to an annual 50,000 acre-feet of water it was promised back when the Trinity River was dammed....

From the comments: Robert Ulibarri says: How about after twelve years after a request from the Hoopa Valley Tribe. Supervisor Kirk was actually against pursuing this effort. Jill Duffy actually formed the alliance with Hoopa because the Sups did not wish to expend attorney funds in this matter. Yes, four years ago the Sups submitted a resolution, but this issue dates back to 1954.
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A LITTLE BACKGROUND (2004):

FIGHTING FOR SALMON: Supervisor Jill Geist's quixotic crusade to re-activate a 45-year-old county contract with the Department of the Interior took another step forward on Tuesday, after the Board of Supervisors voted to send a letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton demanding that she release from reservoirs near Weaverville 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity River water. In 1959, the county signed a contract with the federal government that awarded the county that amount of water from the Trinity Reservoir for "beneficial use" of Humboldt County residents, but the water has never been delivered. Today, the county hopes to use the water to protect salmon in the Klamath/Trinity watershed. The county sent a similar letter to the federal government last year but got no response. Geist is writing an op-ed piece on the subject for the Sacramento Bee. ◼ April 8, 2004 North Coast Journal
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And - Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, Siskiyou, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity counties, and all sorts of organizations sent letters of support. Humboldt Bay Harbor District, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, McKinleyville Community Services District, Klamath Water Users Association, Pacific Coast Fisherman's Federation Association... others.... Feinstein, Boxer, Thompson, Chesbro, Berg.... ◼ http://tinyurl.com/nz86ugy March 2003, ◼ http://tinyurl.com/nj5nzrj - March 2005

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