By Jess Harris
California State Water Board and Staff,
The request for permanent instream flows is, at best, ignorant. The several eco-terrorist groups that have submitted the petition for rulemaking either lack the understanding that the State Water Board (SWB) has no authority to set instream flows outside of the Emergency Order or they intend for the SWB to ignore the court precedents restricting their authority over water rights (California Water Curtailment Cases, 2022).
The data provided by the eco-terrorist groups is highly exaggerated and contradicts the McBain-Trush study published in 2013. Since then, no other environmental study using the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation has been completed. The minimum flows stated by these eco-terrorist groups do not align with the McBain-Trush study, which the California Department of Fish and Wildlife continues to cite incorrectly in recommendations to the Board and staff. Their exaggerated data is irrelevant, as there is still no authority to implement their request. The eco-terrorists petitioning this request have no stake involved in our river and suffer no losses when bad decision-making occurs. The timing of this petition is questionable as another poor decision to breech the Klamath Dams has occurred.
This petition for rulemaking should be denied without a hearing, based solely on the fact that the SWB does not have the authority to implement permanent curtailments or minimum flow requirements on the Shasta River, or the Scott, for that matter. To entertain this petition further would be wasteful to the taxpayers of the State of California, as it wastes staff time on something that is unachievable.
The SWB has lost severe credibility with the communities in Siskiyou County. To continue to entertain petitions and/or ideas that trample the rights of its citizens is irresponsible and disgraceful. The SWB needs to remain within its jurisdiction and know its boundaries within the law. The people of Siskiyou County have had enough with the agency’s overreach, and the SWB needs to follow the law and not pander to these eco-terrorist organizations that feed off taxpayer money via grants.
Siskiyou County Resident
- CalMatters: Gavin Newsom’s new budget is already leaking red ink as revenues fall behindCalMatter:By Dan Walterscover photo: Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses the media during a press conference unveiling his 2024-25 January budget proposal at the Secretary of State Auditorium in Sacramento on Jan. 10, 2024. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr., CalMatters Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr. While Gov. Gavin Newsom gallivants around the country as a campaign surrogate for President Joe… Read more: CalMatters: Gavin Newsom’s new budget is already leaking red ink as revenues fall behindCalMatter:
- California voters will decide on Newsom’s mental health overhaul. How did we get here?Reprint: CalMatters By Jocelyn Wiener Fallout from our state’s long history of breaking promises to people with serious mental illness is everywhere. It can be found under our overpasses and in our tent encampments, but also inside our jails and prisons, our emergency rooms, our schools, our homes. It flashes across our public opinion polls,… Read more: California voters will decide on Newsom’s mental health overhaul. How did we get here?
- CalMatters: Budget blues at the CapitolReprint: CalMatterscover photo: Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas speaks during a floor session at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Jan. 22, 2024. Photo by Fred Greaves for CalMatters In summary The Legislative Analyst’s Office projects the 2024-25 shortfall at $73 billion, putting more pressure on legislators and the governor to find savings. The biggest challenge… Read more: CalMatters: Budget blues at the Capitol
- OPINION: blatant in our face election interferencesuggest we push back with Judicial Watch and/or any other form we can place our hands on. This is a blatant in our face election interference which will be felt outside the city of San Fransico. A few of the decision made at the local level influenced by a commissioner are: City of San Fransico… Read more: OPINION: blatant in our face election interference
- Obituary: H.D. “Dick” SumnerH.D. “Dick” Sumner Obituary Dr. H.D. “Dick” Sumner passed away, peacefully, in his home on February 17, 2024, at the age of 92. Dick was born on July 21, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, the only child to Dr. Irving Emerson & Erna Margaret Sumner. They relocated to Carmel, California where he spent most of… Read more: Obituary: H.D. “Dick” Sumner