Morning News, Friday, November 2nd
In S.F. yesterday, Judge denied a motion for an injunction to stop all progress on the Willits Bypss.
The judge ruled that the five environmental and farming groups that had asked for the injunction had failed to make their case that the damage would be irreparable if work continued.
According to the Willits News, Illegal water diversion, likely for marijuana grows, are sucking up to 50% of the water from the Eel River.
Biologists with the Eel River Recovery Project found the "flow of the Eel and its tributaries were approximately half of the long-term averages for the date despite rainfall being in the 'normal' range. Thick mats of algae lined the shore of the lower Eel River which could create adverse conditions for salmon and steelhead, such as depressed dissolved oxygen.
TWN studied the South Fork of the Eel River which has no dams or other legal diversions along its entire length.
Average water flows since 2001 have been about 9 percent higher in July at Leggett than the average of the past 47 years, and yet by September water flows are as much as 57 percent lower.
At Miranda the past 10 years sported 49 percent higher flows in late June than the average of the past 47 years, and yet by September it is 60 percent lower.
This suggests that about 27 million gallons per day is being diverted within the watershed.
If seized plants represent only 10% of the total grow, there could be 5 million plants using Eel River water.
This article was by Linda Williams.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced Wednesday that the statewide annual quarantine on mussels taken by sport harvesters from California’s ocean waters ends at midnight for all coastal counties except Del Norte and Humboldt.
Sampling of mussels has confirmed that shellfish-borne paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins remain at dangerous levels for these two counties, but are at safe or undetectable levels at all other areas of the California coast.
The annual mussel quarantine is issued for the entire California coastline usually from May 1 through October 31 and is intended to protect the public from poisoning .
The quarantine applies only to sport-harvested mussels.
Walmart has opened its newly operational large-scale wind turbine at its distribution center on Highway 99W near Red Bluff. The wind turbine is Walmart's first onsite industrial-sized wind turbine and will generate approximately 2,200,000 kilowatt hours of power, providing up to 20 percent of the distribution center's annual electricity use.
"If travelers on the highway didn't know where the distribution center was before, they know now because you can't miss the size of this turbine," said Walmart executive Darwin Jones.
The GE Wind Turbine is comparable in height to a typical 20-story building, with a tower measuring 265 feet tall and a blade spanning 250 feet in diameter, and is capable of producing power at winds of 5.6 mph.
Under the terms of a power purchase agreement, Foundation Windpower installed, owns, and operates the wind turbine while Walmart purchases the power produced at a fixed rate.
Mendocino County's 14th annual Beer, Wine & Mushroom Festival gets underway this Saturday with the Skunk Train's annual Beer, Wine and Mushroom Train to Camp Mendocino.
"This year, we are pleased to include craft beer as part of our 10-day festival," says Scott Schneider, CEO of Visit Mendocino County, Inc.
Trains leave from both Willits and Fort Bragg at 10 a.m. Saturday, arriving at Camp Mendocino for wine tastings, culinary treats, and a mushroom cook-off.
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