Tag Archives: Drought

More forest burns advised to help address drought

Paul Mann Mad River Union  EUREKA – California’s dire drought, climate change and raging wildfires require a major shift in public policy in favor of controlled burns as a critical forest management tool, authorities say. State officials and fire ecology experts warn that wildfires are increasing in frequency, severity and destruction. They say California’s 100-year

Drought recovery may take until 2020

Paul Mann Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Although Ruth Lake is sparing Humboldt County the worst of the historic drought, the recovery of the rest of the North Coast and the state as a whole may take until 2020, UCLA scientists say. The fiendish dry spell, now in its fifth year, is the worst since

State to city: Arcata must conserve more water (revised)

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Mark André, Director September 25, 2015 Environmental Services Department (707) 822-8184 or 845-5804 State to City: Arcata must conserve more water The State Water Resources Control Board began requiring Arcata to cut water usage by 4 percent and to begin following water conservation requirements in June. As of

Drought slams livestock industry

Paul Mann Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – California’s historic drought has touched off a chain reaction in local livestock output. Humboldt County Agriculture Commissioner Jeff M. Dolf points to early selloffs, smaller herds, grazing shortages, reduced forage production and spikes in hay prices. The commissioner says local producers began selling their livestock and reducing herd

City declares water emergency, 8 percent use reduction

Kevin L. Hoover Mad River Union ARCATA – The Arcata City Council last night tightened restrictions on water use, introducing an emergency ordinance pursuant to a state mandate over the drought-related water shortage in California. The ordinance will likely be adopted by the council and would normally go into effect June 17, but because of the statewide emergency

Trinidad eyes Mad River water

Mad River Union TRINIDAD – The City of Trinidad may study the idea of connecting to McKinleyville’s water supply lines. At its meeting tonight, April 8, the Trinidad City Council may affirm the city’s policy of “supporting additional analysis of water supply options for the city and surrounding areas.” The idea of connecting to the

It’s been a dry month, but rain may be coming

Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – January has been a dry month, with rainfall less than 22 percent of normal. But if the weather forecast is accurate, February may begin with a much-needed storm. The National Weather Service is predicting a dry, sunshiny end to January, with today mostly sunny, and Saturday clear and sunny, with