Scott Valley, Calif. — It finally
happened. The 2011 Scott Valley
Watershed-wide Permit is out. It is
150 pages long with at least 12
lines demanding your signature.
Those who believe they must have
this watershed-wide permit for
protection need to take a cold, hard
look at this excessive permit
before signing. It is a contract
between you and the State Department
of Fish and Game.
Legal counsel for Scott Valley
Protect Our Water has looked it over
and said “Do not sign.” But don’t
take POW’s word for it. Take it to
your attorney with this explicit
direction: Will this contract reduce
my right to my water?
After seven years of wrangling and
word-smithing, this is the
culmination of two permits now
entangled. Initially, the permits
were created to protect the
landowner-water diverter. But that
“good intention” has flip-flopped. I
truly believe this permit is
dangerous. I looked over the 2011
watershed-wide permit and it looks
daunting. We are being hoodwinked!
POW will meet
Much more on the 2011 Watershed-wide
Permit will be shared at the next
Scott Valley Protect Our Water
meeting this Thursday, Jan. 27 at
the Fort Jones Community Center at 7
Attend so you will know what we
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Also on the agenda is new
information about the Groundwater
Management Scott Valley Advisory
Committee and plan.
The Scott River Watershed Council
found it difficult to find funding
for the monthly water level
monitoring program for Scott Valley
wells. But Siskiyou County anted up,
as did the Siskiyou RAC (committee
from the U.S. Forest Service) during
the past two years. That funding has
dried up (no pun intended).
There are at least 40 individuals –
from farmers and ranchers to
residential owners – allowing this
monitoring program on their wells.
It was instigated, and I was on the
watershed council at the time, as a
means to monitor ourselves,
providing ammunition against any
state agency that may want to
monitor and manage our groundwater.
There was protection in this
locally-initiated program: All data
and names would be confidential.
Dr. Thomas Harter, Ph.D., who led
the program beginning in 2006, was
able to house the data at U.C.
Davis, where it is not available to
third-party entities or lawsuits.
But that may change. Letters were
sent out on Jan. 10 by the Siskiyou
Resource Conservation District (RCD)
to these well-monitoring
participants stating that the State
Water Resources Control Board has
agreed to provide funding for the
next two years. The caveat? The RCD
is required to submit the entire
data base to this funding agency,
where its staff can play with the
numbers, and greenies and Tribes can
use the California Public Records
Act to obtain the data.
This is unacceptable.
POW is also concerned about the
hazardous fish video weir that the
DFG placed in the Scott River to
count the coho salmon as they
returned to spawn. Dr. John Menke,
Ph.D., held a tour last week and
explained the difficult gauntlet to
Yurok and Kurok Tribal leaders.
It is still winter
Do not start your garden, even if we
have 60 degree temps! Boy, this warm
weather does get one interested in
gardening. Typically, this warm
spell arrives in February, but it
seems to change every few years. My
husband cleaned up more dead plants
and leaves out of the garden and
flower garden. I may even get out
there this week.
Those of you with greenhouses may
have a different schedule, but we
still have at least four more months
with freezing nights ahead of us.
I was bummed, because the potatoes
have not held well in the old
sawdust-insulated shed. Through my
reading, studying and pondering, I
now believe potatoes need an air
vent in the storage area. They were
dry enough when we boxed them and
stacked them in storage, but they
seem to get damp and begin rotting.
I didn’t think they would stay well
in the house, but found that the
ones I recently brought in and are
in regular house temperature, and
not enclosed, are staying firm.
The red potatoes grew huge and there
were a lot of them. And boy, they
are sweet and tasty. I just love
them fried. I will be planting more
potatoes in April, so if anyone has
suggestions on how to store
potatoes, (cheaply) please give me a
call at (530) 467-3515.
Finally opened the Burpee seed
catalog. Cost of all seeds are going
up, but I will probably try the
“Raspberry Lemonade Mix” of zinnia
with a variety of colors. I will
baby them by planting them in the
house in March. The company is
celebrating 135 years and I have
already put up Burpee’s list of
accomplishments starting in 1876 on
Liz Bowen.com. Pretty interesting.
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