A little more insight ….
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By ROB BURGESS The Daily Journal
Article Last Updated: 02/16/2008
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, about 1,460
teratonnes of water covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface.
On Tuesday, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors may help parched
Redwood Valley get one step closer to tasting some of that.
The board will consider whether or not it will adopt the final draft of
the Mill Creek Project environmental impact report. The meeting is
scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in the board’s chambers when the board is
scheduled to sit as the Mendocino County Water Agency.
“Approximately 95 years ago, the State of California constructed three
dams within a one-mile stretch of Mill Creek to provide a water supply for
the State Hospital in Ukiah,” stated the EIR. “The three dams are located
in the Talmage area on Mill Creek, tributary to the Russian River.”
The Redwood Valley Water District board voted unanimously last December to
declare a water emergency in Redwood Valley after storage in Lake
Mendocino dropped below 30,000 acre-feet.
Besides establishing Talmage water resources as a permanent supply for
Redwood Valley, one of the project’s other main goals is to mitigate for
the unplanned release of sediment into the creek four years ago.
“In December 2004, the Upper Dam base gate valve stuck open, and water
drained from the reservoir and released a substantial amount of sediment
into Mill Creek between the Upper Dam and the Middle Dam,” stated the EIR.
“In fall 2005, the county installed a standpipe to act as a
temporary water and sediment control system. Winter storms at the end of
2005 moved the released sediment into the reservoir area behind the Middle
Dam and an adjacent landslide in spring 2006 did further damage to habitat
in the area.”
According to the EIR, five options for action will be available: no
project, all dam structures in place and restored reservoirs (Alternative
A), all dams except the Lower Dam in place and restored reservoirs
(Alternative B), only the Upper Dam and Reservoir retained (Alternative C)
and all dams and reservoirs removed (Alternative D).
The full EIR can be viewed at the water agency’s Web site at
www.mendocountywa.com by clicking on the “Downloads” link.