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Forming the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District

Eureka Times-Standard Forming the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District By Jessie Faulkner February 3, 2003 The recent news that an Alaskan businessman was attempting to purchase what he termed as the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District’s “excess” water prompted a reflection on the history of the district and its water source. The effort began in 1955 with the formation of …

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Water bag proposal likely to be put on hold

Eureka Times-Standard Water bag proposal likely to be put on hold By James Faulk The Times-Standard Saturday, February 22, 2003 EUREKA — Don’t call us, we’ll call you. That was one paraphrasing of the message a wholesale customer task force will recommend that the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District board of directors give to Ric Davidge of Aqueous Corp. Davidge …

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More caution flags hoisted on Mad River bag proposal

Eureka Times-Standard More caution flags hoisted on Mad River bag proposal By John Driscoll The Times-Standard Saturday, January 18, 2003 An Alaskan company’s bid to buy Mad River water and ship it south should be considered, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District said Friday, but opposition to the idea already seems to be rising. The district gave a lengthy presentation …

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Humboldt officials see jobs, revenue in water bag plan

Santa Rosa Press Democrat Humboldt officials see jobs, revenue in water bag plan With mills’ consumption down, district entertains idea of selling excess supply January 18, 2003 By UCILIA WANG, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Humboldt County water officials on Friday pitched a plan to export Mad River water to thirsty communities elsewhere in the state, saying it’s a job-creating and cost-reducing …

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Former Alaska official moves water-bagging idea to Humboldt

Santa Rosa Press Democrat Former Alaska official moves water-bagging idea to Humboldt January 16, 2003 By JOHN ADAMS, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT He’s back in the news. He is Ric Davidge, the former state and federal official from Alaska who proposed to tow huge bags of fresh winter runoff from the Albion and Gualala rivers to San Diego. Growing opposition doused …

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New pressure to export local water

Santa Rosa Press Democrat New pressure to export local water January 16, 2003 By GRANT DAVIS The U.S. Interior Department’s recent decision to cut 15 percent of California’s take of Colorado River water may not have the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District (MWD) shaking in its boots, but it is causing serious concerns up north. The cut occurred after a …

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Plastic bags only the most recent bid for Mad’s water

Eureka Times-Standard Plastic bags only the most recent bid for Mad’s water By John Driscoll The Times-Standard Thursday, January 16, 2003 – 7:12:33 AM MST In the past few years, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District has turned away a number of efforts to ship water from its Mad River source to points south. Now the district again is considering …

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Bagging the Mad

Eureka Times-Standard Bagging the Mad Sunday, January 12, 2003 A new, clean industry for the area. The tapping of a currently unused but renewable resource. Up to 200 new jobs. Sounds like a plan. We’re referring to Ric Davidge’s proposal to pump water from the Mad River into huge, ocean-going plastic containers and tug them to parched points south. As …

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Water for sale

Santa Rosa Press Democrat Water for sale In state’s arid south, thirst for North Coast water will grow January 10, 2003 Press Democrat Editorial The latest proposal to export what is described as surplus water may prove benign. There is no likelihood that verdant Humboldt County is at risk of a water shortage, and more arid locales need the water. …

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Alaska man shifts water export plan to Humboldt

Santa Rosa Press Democrat Alaska man shifts water export plan to Humboldt Plan calls for buying Mad River surplus for San Diego, Monterey January 9, 2003 By UCILIA WANG, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT An Alaskan entrepreneur who abandoned plans to export water from two North Coast rivers using seagoing bags said Tuesday he wants to use the same technology to transport …

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Tapping the Mad River’s water?

Eureka Times-Standard Tapping the Mad River’s water? Water bag proposal would snare bay water district surplus. By John Driscoll The Times-Standard Wednesday, January 08, 2003 After losing a bid to bag water from two other North Coast rivers and send it to San Diego, an Alaskan businessman is now looking to Humboldt County to tap Mad River water. Unlike the …

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Press Release

Albion River Watershed Protection Association Alliance for Democracy Friends of the Gualala River Public Citizen Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE USE December 13, 2002 Contacts: Jim Jordan, 707-785-2549 Doug Hammerstrom, 707-884-1826 Jane Kelly, 510-663-0888 Nancy Price, 530-758-0726 Public Interest and Environmental Groups Decry Controversial Water Bag Scheme California Coastal Commission Votes Friday to Protest Controversial Plan That Activists …

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Coastal Commission considers filing protests against waterbags

Press packet Coastal Commission considers filing protests against waterbags   Contents Media Advisory Press Release Background info Coastal Commission Water Board Waterbags Press releases Press clippings Photographs Maps Resolutions Contact Info MEDIA ADVISORY December 11, 2002 COASTAL COMMISSION TO VOTE ON CONTROVERSIAL WATER BAG SCHEME; PUBLIC INTEREST AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS DECRY THEFT OF WATER. What: On the final day of …

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Press Release: October 28, 2002

Albion River Watershed Protection Association Friends of the Gualala River Sierra Club, Redwood Chapter Public Citizen Western Environmental Law Center PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE USE October 28, 2002 NEW PUBLIC NOTICES REQUIRED FOR CONTROVERSIAL NORTH COAST WATER BAGGING APPLICATIONS SAYS STATE WATER BOARD October 28, 2002 – Sacramento, CA – The State Water Resources Control Board has acknowledged that the public …

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Waterbag Campaign

In 2002, Friends of the Gualala River played a leading role in opposing a scheme to export water from the Gualala River to southern California in giant floating plastic “waterbags.” See a detailed account of our successful campaign to prevent the harm the waterbag scheme would have caused to our river and our community. Gualala River estuary in winter photo courtesy of …

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FoGR – Letter to the Mayor of San Diego et al

To the Mayor of San Diego et al, April 2002   Mr. Dick Murphy 202 C Street San Diego, CA 92101 Dear Mr. Murphy, Two applications have been filed (31194 and 31195) with the State Water Resources Control Board to take 20,000 and 10,000 acre feet annually from the Gualala and Albion Rivers respectively, and tow this water in huge …

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