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Scott and Shasta water issues will affect all of California
Farm Bureau alerts members - statewide
By Liz Bowen,
Pioneer Press Assistant Editor, Fort Jones,
On May 5, 2006, the California Farm Bureau
Federation sent out a Farm Team Action Alert, asking
for support for Scott and Shasta Valleys at the very
top of the state. This organization is the largest
agricultural group in the state. The Action Alert
recognizes that the Scott and Shasta water issues
will set a precedence statewide.
on the Scott and Shasta Rivers are under attack by a
state agency through an environmental program called
Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, Action Plan.
State Water Resources Control Board has proposed to
adjust water rights in order to solve water quality
conflicts in the Scott and Shasta Rivers. The
Control Board is in charge of water quality
regarding pollution, but is expanding its
jurisdiction to also create more water for fish.
regulations are proposed for implementation through
the TMDL Action Plans, which would allow the Control
Board to limit agriculture’s access to water in
favor of increasing river flow to protect fish
“If the Board
decides to attack farmers' and ranchers' water
rights in this manner, it would be a major blow to
the civil rights and economic viability of farming
communities all over the state,” said the state
“the state is obligated to establish the TMDL
rules,” said Eiler, “but the Control Board is under
no obligated to take action on water rights.”
Board regulates the federal Clean Water Act at the
Both Eiler and the California Farm Bureau believe the Scott and Shasta TMDL Action Plans have been targeted.
against water rights in the Scott Valley watershed
will set precedent for other bodies of water across
the state, including but not limited to the San
Joaquin River, the Russian River and the Salton Sea,
according to the Action Alert.
the Scott River TMDL Action Plan must reach the
State Water Resources Control Board by 5 p.m. on
Wednesday, May 10.
have to be a member of Farm Bureau to join the Farm
Team or to make a comment,” said Eiler, who explains
that the Action Alert is sent out through email.
To join Farm
Team, go to www . cfbf.com on the internet and click
on Farm Team. After joining, you can click on a link
to send your comments to the Control Board. Action
Alerts will be sent to those who have joined.
Eiler added that the threats against agricultural water are very real and through the Action Alerts individuals can help stop those threats of legislation or regulations.
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