Tag Archives: water

Small storm may bring rain

Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – A small storm is coming to Humboldt County late Friday evening and may linger on Saturday with some light rain and lower temperatures. The National Weather Service is forecasting patchy fog on Friday before 11 a.m., followed by partially sunny skies. The high in Arcata will be a mellow 63.

Supervisors split on proposed drinking water tax

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – A state bill that proposes to tax drinking water has supporters but Humboldt County’s larger water districts and some county supervisors oppose it. Senate Bill 623 aims to improve drinking water systems and quality in what are considered “disadvantaged communities,” mostly through a tax on drinking water. Supervisor

Sea level rise response requires radical rethinks

Patrick Evans Mad River Union ARCATA – Arcata is almost an island in a photo taken after heavy winter rain in 1975. Water laps at the edges of U.S. Highway 101 and Samoa Boulevard and connects the Mad River to Humboldt Bay via the Arcata Bottom. The photo is a preview of the city’s future,

Today’s Mad River Current: Who gets busted for growing pot, who does not and how much pot can you legally have?

Humboldt County is estimated to have between 8,000 to 10,000, and maybe even more, marijuana grows. Pot is everywhere. Piles of shake are sometimes left on the side of the road. Buds get dropped in tip jars. You can drive around and see and smell marijuana plants. There’s a grow there and a grow here,

Bladder control: Fines levied after water bag failure

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board MENDOCINO COUNTY – The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board assessed a $37,079 penalty for a Clean Water Act violation against the owners of a Mendocino County property at the Board’s December meeting. The penalty is for discharges of sediment–laden water into a tributary of the Upper

MCSD wants in on groundwater planning

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – The county’s intent to form a stakeholders group for managing groundwater in the Eel River Valley has drawn the interest of a seemingly unlikely participant – the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD). Local implementation of a recently-approved state groundwater law was discussed at the Oct. 6 Board of

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

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