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Klamath Basin hearing where Mark and others are testifying. 

Lots of frustration and lots of hope for a resolution.  I don’t know what it’ll look like, but at least everyone’s still talking.

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If you are in the Garberville Sanitary District and you live west of the highway, then you need to boil your tap water before drinking it.   I just heard the announcement on the radio.  Don’t have any more details.

And excellent discussion this morning on Dennis’ show.  Tasha McKee presented what seemed to me some very plausible science as well as some potential solutions or mitigations to the low river flow situation.  It should be up on the archives at kmud.org by now.  It began at just after 8:00.

A Goldilocks planet is one which orbits in the sweet zone of distance from the sun with regard to life-friendly temperatures – basically those temperatures which would allow for an abundance of liquid water.

While there are literally billions and billions of such planets, this is the first to be confirmed by us.

The image comes from USA Today, and generated by Zina Deretsky, NSF.

Addendum: In other science news, it turns out that killing wolves deprives a region of water.

No date mentioned in the TS article.  The water flow is an issue.  Younger forests and changing weather patterns are an issue.  The writer, perhaps wisely, avoided too much discussion of residential and underground commercial draws from the river, probably because that might be interpreted as  blaming people who don’t want to be blamed.  So I hope when the meeting time and place are announced, all of the stakeholders will show up and be ready to listen as well as talk.

Already the comments thread attached to the article is heating up.

The image comes from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

This was one of a number of topics covered at Paul Hagen’s water law forum on Friday.  There are some controversies involving the MLPA’s impact on Pomo tribal traditions.  I’ll post some info on that dispute later.

Thanks to Jen Savage for the info below, and in particular the Briceland meeting.

MLPA Initiative Key Communicators Update
Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your constituents!

MLPA Informational Presentation, Garberville – The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative invites the public to attend an informational presentation designed to orient interested members of the public to the MLPA North Coast Study Region marine protected area planning process, invite questions and learn how to get involved in the process. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010
5-7 p.m.
The Octagon/Beginnings School
5 Cemetery Road
Garberville, CA 95542

An event flyer is attached to this email, and also available online: Presentation Information

Upcoming MLPA Initiative Public Meetings – Members of the public are invited to attend meetings in person, participate at a remote meeting location, or view and listen to the meeting via simultaneous webcasting on the Internet (field trips are not included in the webcasting). Video and audio archives of the meeting may be accessed via the Internet approximately two days after the meeting. Please visit the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) website at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_n.asp for more information.

Blue Ribbon Task Force
Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at 8:30 a.m.
Meeting Agenda and Materials

In-person meeting:
Elk Valley Rancheria Community Center
2332 Howland Hill Road
Crescent City, CA 95531

Remote meeting locations:
C.V. Starr Community Center
300 South Lincoln Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive
Room 211, Eureka, CA 95501
If you live in the Eureka/Arcata area and interested in helping to manage a local public participation site, please contact Kelly Sayce at 707-832-4088.

Science Advisory Team
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Teleconference/webinar
Meeting agenda, materials and remote meeting locations will be posted online when available –
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/meetings_n.asp
Visit http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa for more information about the MLPA Initiative

Questions? Comments? Contact Kelly Sayce, MLPA Initiative Public Outreach and Education Coordinator at 707-832-4088 or kelly@strategicearth.com.

From the Times Standard:

Humboldt County District Attorney candidate Paul Hagen will hold a meet and greet event in Shelter Cove from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The event, hosted by the Shelter Cove Pioneers, is open to the public and will be held in Abalone Hall at the Shelter Cove Community Clubhouse, 1555 Upper Pacific Road. Potluck dishes are encouraged, and people from all over the county are invited to attend.

For more information, visit www.hagenforda.com or call 832-8056.

Addendum: Also, Hagen’s Third Annual Environmental Law Conference takes place next Thursday on April 30 in Eureka. The topic this year:  Water Sustains Life-We Have Met the North Coast’s Future, and It Is Now.  More information through the link.

In the wake of the revelation that the Eel doesn’t have enough water and the Russian too much for its salmon, Heraldo has some thoughts and links on a subject which requires some attention.

I guess I missed this story yesterday.  NASA confirmed water on the moon. Lots of water!

I remember reading a science fiction story as a kid which took place on the moon – either The Gods Themselves by Asimov or Earthlight by Clarke – in which water was harvested from the depths of the moon to service a colony.  It was premised on the theory that the moon was originally part of the earth so is of roughly the same mineral composition.  My seventh grade science teacher smirked when I brought it up and said, “there’s no water on the moon.”  At the time Asimov and Clarke held more credibility with me, and now I know my sentiments were justified.

Thanks to tofu who sent me the above link and this one.

According to the Bay Guardian, the Delta and SF Bay are dying, but big agriculture wants even more water.

Personally, I’ve long questioned whether California should be in the business of water intensive crops such as rice and alphalpha sprouts, which, at least as reported in the 1980s, accounted for about 20 percent of the state’s water usage – about equal to the totality of residential use.  Given the dramatic increases in population since then, I doubt the statistic still holds, but maybe we should buy rice from countries where the climate and water sources are more conducive to such crops, and maybe we should grow our own sprouts individually.

This is chilling, figuratively.

Climate change will reduce the Sierra snowpack, an important natural reservoir, anywhere from 15 percent to 60 percent, according to the Department of Water Resources. The warmer air temperatures will also shift the runoff flows to earlier in the year, making major adjustments necessary. Climate change models also predict worsening drought. Water shortages worse than those caused by the 1977 drought could occur in one out of every six to eight years by 2050, and one out of every three to four years by 2100, according to the department’s study.

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