Eel River Valley Groundwater
Humboldt County submitted an “Alternative” based on analysis of conditions in the lower Eel River groundwater basin claiming the basin has operated within sustainable yield for the past 10 years. Given the low flows, and other issues like salt water intrusion in the lower Eel valley, we do not agree that the basin has operated within sustainable yield.
BLM’s NW California Resource Management Plan
The Bureau of Land Management is updating their Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan, the purpose of which is to make land use decisions to guide the management of BLM lands within the planning area. The plan needs to needs to address current planning issues and resource conditions using up to date information and incorporating present-day policies and direction.
In our comments we encourage protecting wild lands from human impacts; restoring native species, functional wildlife habitat, and ecological processes; and connecting the public to the landscape with sustainable recreation opportunities.
Fish Flows Project
Under orders from the State Water Board and federal fisheries managers, the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) is rewriting the rules that govern stream flows in the Russian River watershed. This is important because water diverted from the upper mainstem Eel River through the Potter Valley Project has long been used to cover up the over-allocation and mismanagement of the Russian River’s own flows.