Advice puts Eel River diversion plan on shelf
|by Glenda Anderson
The Press Democrat
March 12, 2008
“For now, we’ve put the whole Dos Rios thing on hold,” Mendocino County Water Agency chief Roland Sanford said.
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The legal opinion listed expensive obstacles to taking water from a section of the Eel River that has state and federal designations as wild and scenic.
At the least, the project would require an environmental impact report, and it undoubtedly would face legal challenges from environmental groups, according to the opinion by Rossmann and Moore, a San Francisco firm specializing in water and land use.
The opinion echoed issues raised by environmentalists and other critics since the proposal was first raised by Mendocino County Supervisor John Pinches in the 1990s.
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