Now this is what we are talking about, the Park Board doesn't need to rezone the Park for this event. Thank you for doing this.........
"That's the thing that keeps me up at night," Bauer said. "At what point do we reach that critical mass? At what point do we reach the point of no return?"
The fact you are just now talking about means you are there.....
Just drive down to Garberville, talk about a water grab, you have a million gallon water farm being constructed and operated off Connick Creek and the South Fork Eel River, on the old Pancoast Dairy property. Tennis court size water bladders being filled, 5 so far, with more being installed and filled as we speak. Bulk water delivery trucks have already started making runs up and down Sprowel Creek Road to and from this operation. The only ones reporting on this is the Redwood Times in Garberville. It was on the front page this past week with great pic's.
It would seem the County, DFW, Division of Water Rights and Water Board all know about this operation and they all say he is operating without one permit, nor do they are any water rights to divert the water. But yet, water trucks start running at 6am every morning until late in the night 24/7.
So my question, what does it take to stop this water grab, even when you know the details and don't stop it or shut it down.
Hypocrisy is alive and living large in SoHum
Here is some of what Fennell said on Monday Morning Magazine this morning on KMUD:
I forgot to add Ryan, Fennell is also on the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). Humboldt LAFCo facilitates changes in local governmental structure and boundaries that fosters orderly growth and development, promotes the efficient delivery of services, and encourages the preservation of open space and agricultural lands.
Thanks Ryan for the transparent reporting, something Fennell ran on for Supervisor. It would be interest what she talks about on Monday Morning Magazine (KMUD) with Host Dennis Huber (Southern Humboldt Community Park Board President).
Did anyone hear the Enviro Show on KMUD Tuesday Night, it was Friends of the Eel River, with Scott Greacen. He talked about this article, quoted from it and questioned if Fennell was an environmenttalist as he was. It was great to hear it said out loud, Thank you Ryan for writing a great story and Scott for commenting on KMUD.
Lets see how Fennell wiggles out of this one......
It would seem that a ban would have been a better opinion. You can ban Raw Milk sales in Humboldt County but only "urge" people and businesses "not" to sell or purchase products that contain Rodenticides. Now you have created another black market/underground product, with no teeth, enforcement or accountability. So much for thinking outside the box and doing something about it. What a waist of time and money.
The Garberville Sanitary District (GSD) is selling bulk water to commercial water delivery companies, that GSD diverts from the South Fork Eel River. Then those same commercial water delivery companies sell that water outside the South Fork Eel River watershed, in most cases, 20 to 40 miles and parts unknown outside the town of Garberville.
The South Fork Eel River is a listed State and Federal Act Wild & Scenic River, Critical Habitat for State and Federally Listed Endangered and Threatened species and listed by the EPA as Impaired. How long does it take to know “Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money” ~ Cree
Does a diversion & use permit allow you to sell water from a Wild & Scenic River, knowing that water is being sold outside that rivers watershed and basin, e.g. Mattole watershed?
In reading the GSD Water Rights Diversion and use permit #20789, it states the water is only to be used “in” the town of Garberville. But yet GSD sells this water knowing its being delivered outside the town of Garberville, none of which are ratepayers and up to 40 miles away. If you can only sell this water under the permit as municipal, how can you sell it for outside that municipality as stated in permit # 20789?
This activity has been going on for years and is getting worse. The trucks this time of year line up around the block all day long to fill up their trucks from an un-metered Fire hydrant in Garberville, via a diversion from the South Fork Eel River.
The South Fork Eel River is having a hard enough time supporting aquatic resources e.g. listed ESA, EFH & ESU Coho, Chinook and Steelhead species and their habitat. This bulk water needs to stay in the South Fork Eel River watershed and basin, not sold to competing watersheds to support landowners that do not have sufficient water for domestic or illegal agriculture uses in Northern Mendocino and Southern Humboldt Counties.
I guess Humboldt County Building Deaprtment should be held accountable, that trucking in water to fill a storage tank from another watershed is not the same as having water on the property.
Maybe someone should test the water in all those “winter storage tanks” thru-out Southern Humboldt and the Mattole watershed, see if its treated water from GSD and the South Fork Eel River.
I am thinking of the health of our River and the extraordinary wildlife habitat and eco-systems it supports, not so people can rob peter to pay paul.
Ed Voice & Voice Family
Neighboring home & property owner since 1966
South Fork Eel River
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