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Indian Valley Record Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 3A State decides pond-and-plug doesn't need water rights Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com The pond-and-plug water- shed restoration method, al- though deemed the most effi- cient, has come under fire from downstream water users for more than a year now. Ranchers see ponds being built to hold back water and wonder how the Plumas Cor- poration Feather River Coor- dinated Resource Manage- ment group can get away with not applying for water rights permits. California Fisheries and Water Unlimited people want CRM to conduct a watershed availability analysis to deter- mine the effects to the Cali- fornia native fisheries. They are also concerned about effects to downstream water rights holders, includ- ing those with riparian rights. Pacific Gas and Electric of- ficials were also concerned enough about their vater rights on the current Yellow Creek project to write to the California Water Resources Control Board. All were told basically the same thing: the ponds and plugs are not water storage ponds, like the ones ranchers need permits to build. And the plugs are not dams that hold back the water; groundwater will pass through them while surface water will spread out into for- mer channels. They are water-quality im- provement projects that are intended to reduce erosion and sedimentation. The method will also help restore upper meadows to their historic condition, be- fore water was confined to one channel that became deeply incised in some areas over time. Complainants were also told that less water might be available to downstream users in the future due to restoration, since restored meadows wil] naturally use more water. But the expected reduction in available water to down- stream user's is not consid- ered to be tile kind of physical control that requires applica- tion for a water right, accord- ing to Division of Water Rights Assistant Deputy Di- rector James W. Kassel. Rancher and Upper Feath- er River Watershed Group member Heather Kingdon said there has been some con- sideration of appealing the Department of Water Re- sources decision, especially after the mixed results of an economic study completed in January for the Environmen- tal Defense Fund under the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Sierra Mead- ows Initiative. Similar to an in-depth sta- tistical analysis performed by hydrologist Ken Cawley and shared with ranchers in February, researchers found that downstream benefits of these restoration projects may have been overstated in the past. They found that on site, ranchers owning the restored meadows would likely benefit more than stated in plans, and downstream users not so much. Though both studies cite the lack of scientific quality data in some areas, there is still enough for them to base their conclusions on. "Further applied research is well advised," wrote eco- nomic study authors Bruce Aylward of Ecosystems Eco- nomics and Amy Merrill of Stillwater Sciences. "Many of the key uncer- tainties that surround down- stream water flows could be partially addressed through improved and consistent monitoring and evaluation efforts," they added. Plumas Corporation Pro- gram Manager Jim Wilcox assured those concerned at a recent CRM executive com- mittee meeting that extra monitoring has been arranged, as well as third- party 'monitoring by the state. Future grant applications will include the need for more monitoring as well. For more information about the projects of the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management group, call 283-3739, or visit feather-river-crm.org. CRM publication looks at lessons learned Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Reviewing where they've come from and where they're headed in an uncer- tain future are just two top- ics explored in volume four of "Restoration Ripples," published by the Feather River Coordinated Resource Management group. Offerings include short ar- ticles about protecting the river from invasive para- sites, the work of restoring watersheds and people's pas- sion for the environment. The.newsqtter begins with a revievl,of the group's process and structure, which have not been followed ex- actly as outlined in the founding documents and management plan of 1996. The recent formation of an executive committee will help fulfill those original goals. The Feather River Re- source Conservation Dis- trict, the Plumas County Board of Supervisors and the Plumas National Forest ap- point three committee mem- bers. These three members then appoint a member at large, which is currently a member of the Sierra Valley Re- source Conservation Dis- trict. Changes within parent or- ganization Plumas Corpora- tion due to budget cuts and repositioning will help en- sure the group remains able to help landowners and part- ner organizations in need. The new board of directors is comprised of Ken Cassa- day, Mike De Lasaux, Don Gasser, John tlafen, Michael Jackson, John Kolb, John Olofson, Russell Reid and Jeanette Sasser. Protection from parasites Providing public educa- tion about important water- shed issues is also one of the group's goals, and that is evi- r dent in the two information- al articles it provides about invasive aquatic parasites and species. Whirling disease is caused by a parasite and has been found in Yellow Creek, Milk Ranch Creek and Little Last Chance Creek drainages. Using information from protectyourwaters.net, group members share how transporting fish and fish parts are the main causes of spreading the disease. Anglers, boaters and oth- ers can help by carefully washing and rinsing all mud from their equipment, wad- ing gear and boats. Also, fish parts should never be disposed of near streams or other bodies Upcoming watershed meetings Those interested in the work of the Plumas Corpora- tion Feather River Coordinat- " ed Resource Management group might like to attend Y one or more of its upcoming committee meetings. " The executive committee will meet at 9 a.m. Wednes- day, Aug. 29, at 555 Main St. in Quincy, in the Plumas County Planning Department conference room. The steering committee will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, at 550 Crescent St. in Quincy at the Plumas Corpo- ration office. For more information, call 283-3739, ext. 107, or visit feather-river-crm.org for agendas and minutes from past meetings. of water. Sierra County Firesafe and Watershed Council Coordi- nator Regine Miller shares information about invasive quagga and zebra mussels in the newsletter. For more information, vis- it scfswc.com. Mountain Meadows The group also shares a success story from Mountain Meadows Conservancy, whose newly published guide "Reusing Former Lumber Mill Sites" illus- trates how to redevelop or conserve such sites as well as a section on lessons learned. For more information, vis- it mtmeadows.org. Upcoming events Readers are invited to sub- mit 15-second video clips in honor of the Clean Water Act anniversary. Videos must include the phrase "water is worth it," and must be submitted be- fore mid-September. See the newsletter for more information and search for USEPAgov on YouTube for a promotional video. Films to "change your world" are offered at the Wild and Scenic Environ- mental Film Festival at the Town Hall Theatre in Focus on this! August is National Eye Exam Month Now is a great time to schedule your eye exam. We offer a wide range of quality eye care services: Complete Eye Exams & Vision Screening Treatment of Eye-Disease Cataract Surgery Post-op Care Contacts Frames & Lenses www.fridenoptometry.com Quincy Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission will be $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The event hosts are Plumas Arts, Feather River Coordinated Resource Man- agement and Trout Unlimit- ed. For tickets or information call Plumas Arts at 283-3402 or visit plumasarts.org. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is set for Saturday, Sept. 15. Call 283-3739 for more information. To be added to the "Restoration Ripples" email list send an email request to gia@plumascounty.org. Bingo squares up for. sale Alicia Knadler Indian Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Calling all big-hearted gamblers: get your squares now for the fowl Mountain Circle Family Services "fun-raiser." A well-fed duck and chicken will be let loose on a marked grid, and then it'll be a waiting game to see which way the poo flies. The square the duck squirts its load on is worth $250, and the chicken's is worth $250 or 20 percent of the pot, whichever is less. And if they both hit the same square, the winner will receive the whole $500. All proceeds will benefit children and youth in foster care who are served by Mountain Circle in Greenville. The game will be played Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Goss Ranch luau party after the Running with the Bears marathon. Squares are available for a $5 donation at Village Drug in Greenville, and any remaining squares will be available at the event. There are a total of 625 squares. The Goss Ranch is located near Taylorsville at 4864 North Arm Road, and Vil- lage Drug is located on the corner of Main Street and Highway 89 in Greenville. For more information, call Mountain Circle at 284- 7007. Sponsors Needed for Sierra Hospice's 15 th Annual Camp Hug (Hospice Understands Grief) September 7, 8, & 9, 2012 Please join Sierra Hospice in sponsoring a child at our 15 `h Annual Children's Bereavement Camp located at Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake. This camp is designed to help children between the ages of 8 and 18 to grieve in a safe environment, learn health), ways to deal with loss and grief, attd to have fun For $60.00 per day you or your organization can help cover the cost for a child to attend this magical 3-day event. 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