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Surviving Ruth Lake’s wrath should the dam fail

Surviving Ruth Lake’s wrath should the dam fail

Note: This is a revised version of an article which first appeared in the Union in June 2015.  Jack Durham Mad River Union MAD RIVER WATERSHED – Emergency personnel are planning for a highly unlikely but nightmarish scenario – the failure of the R.W. Matthews Dam, the earthen structure that holds back Ruth Lake. Should

Ruth Lake almost full; big waves to slam coast

Mad River Union HUMBOLDT/TRINITY COUNTIES – The water reservoir which supplies Humboldt County’s major population centers is about 89 percent filled and may reach capacity next week, depending on rainfall. Ruth Lake, located in neighboring Trinity County, has been nearly filled thanks to unusually high rainfall in October. Ruth Lake discharges into the Mad River,

Surviving Ruth Lake’s wrath in the event that the dam fails

Jack Durham Mad River Union MAD RIVER WATERSHED – Emergency personnel are planning for a highly unlikely but nightmarish scenario – the failure of the R.W. Matthews Dam, the earthen structure that holds back Ruth Lake. Should the 150-foot-tall dam fail in an earthquake, major storm or other disaster or terrorist attack, more than 48,000

Ruth Lake is full

HBMWD Ruth Lake, Humboldt County’s primary water reservoir, was declared 100% full by water district officials on December 11, 2014.  Carol Rische, General Manager for Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) said, “We are happy to say that Ruth Lake went from 69% to 100% capacity since the end of October, 2014.  Ruth Lake typically

High costs may kill water sales

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – As the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District continues to market its industrial water surplus, it’s finding that the costs of transporting it are higher than what potential customers may be willing to pay. The district’s Board of Directors held a Sept. 30 study session on water use options

Ruth Lake Levels On The Rise

Jack Durham Mad River Union RUTH LAKE – The reservoir that feeds Humboldt’s epicenter has risen by nearly three feet since Monday. As of today, the elevation of Ruth Lake was at 2,637.58 feet above sea level, 2.79 feet higher than Monday. That brings the lake to 65 percent of capacity, up from Monday’s 61

Residents Urged To Voluntarily Conserve Water

From HBMWD: With drought conditions continuing into the foreseeable future, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) is asking local residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use.   According to HBMWD General Manager Carol Rische, “Fortunately we are not in the same dire situation as the majority of California reservoirs. That said, the reservoir

HBMWD Valve Replacement Deemed Successful

From HBMWD: Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) successfully completed the installation of two new valves at 6am on Thursday, Nov. 21.  Carol Rische, General Manager of HBMWD thanked the community for their conservation efforts during the installation.  “We had an obvious decrease in water use on Nov. 20. It was clear that the community

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