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Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Randy Turner sworn in as directors of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District
January 14, 2005:
Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Randy Turner
sworn in as directors of the
Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District

 

  • Too much water? Future of supply depends on fate of pulp mill, new board members
    – 11/18/04 North Coast Journal

    “Anyone who pays for water in the greater Eureka area knows that their bills have taken a precipitous jump in recent weeks. The reason? Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Executive Director Carol Rische doesn’t want to say we have too much water, exactly, but “we have infrastructure and capacity well above what we’re currently supplying,” she said. When the costs are born by fewer users, each pays more.”

  • At least for now, water bag idea bagged
    – 3/15/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board took a recommendation to put a proposal to ship water from the Mad River on the back burner.”

  • Water bags a good lesson for Humboldt
    – 3/6/03 Eureka Times-Standard, editorial

    “There isn’t much else that’ll stir the pot so thoroughly these days as a bid to move the rain from here to somewhere else.”

  • Water bag proposal likely to be put on hold
    – 2/22/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “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.”

  • Water district meets Friday on Mad River water bagging proposal
    – 2/20/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District will meet Friday to discuss the response it has gotten to a proposal to ship Mad River water south in giant ocean-going bags.”

  • Fortuna council likes water bag idea
    – 2/20/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “The City Council heard a summary of the proposed plan to export Mad River water and gave its unanimous support to the idea in concept Tuesday night.”

  • Fortuna to hear water bag concept
    – 2/17/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “At Tuesday’s council meeting, Carol Rische from the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District will give a presentation to the City Council regarding a proposal to export water from the Mad River.”

  • Environmental groups push water district to douse water bag idea
    – 2/14/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “A group of nine environmental and public interest groups are calling for the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District to dump an Alaska entrepreneur’s bid to ship Mad River water south.”

  • Water district says Mad River bag bid still just a proposal
    – 2/14/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “Shipping billions of gallons of Mad River water in huge plastic bags to thirsty cities down south is still only in the discussion phase, officials at the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District said Thursday.”

  • Arcatans: Bag water bag idea
    – 2/11/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “Mayor Bob Ornelas was clear in his opposition to a proposed plan to export Mad River water in a bag nearly as long as three football fields, as was the rest of the City Council Wednesday.”

  • City Council douses water bag proposal
    – 2/10/03 Arcata Eye

    “Wednesday night’s Arcata City Council meeting was a long one for Carol Rische of the Humboldt Bay Water District, who presented the details of an international firm’s bid to buy Mad River water to an audience that, in some cases, disliked the idea enough to be sickened by it.”

    North Coast Journal 2/6/03 photohed

  • Is the water bag proposal a trojan horse?
    – 2/6/03 North Coast Journal cover story

    “For the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, it started innocently enough. After the Simpson pulp mill — one of its biggest customers — closed on the Samoa Peninsula in 1998, the district started advertising the sale of up to 20 million gallons per day of excess water capacity.”

  • Council urges caution on water bag plan   (URL not available)
    – 2/6/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “Following a presentation on a recent proposal to purchase Mad River water and ship it in bags by tug to Southern California, the Eureka City Council voted to direct the water district to proceed cautiously.”

  • Forming the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District
    – 2/3/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “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.”

  • More caution flags hoisted on Mad River bag proposal
    – 1/18/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “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.”

  • Humboldt officials see jobs, revenues in water bag plan
    – 1/18/03 Santa Rosa 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 proposal that would benefit residents and businesses in the region.”

  • Plastic bags only the most recent bid for Mad’s water
    – 1/16/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “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.”

  • Former Alaska official moves water-bagging idea to Humboldt
    – 1/16/03 Santa Rosa 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 the idea in early December.”

  • New pressure to export local water
    – 1/16/03 Santa Rosa Press Democrat, opinion

    “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.”

  • Bagging the Mad
    – 1/12/03 Eureka Times-Standard, editorial

    “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.”

  • Water for sale
    – 1/10/03 Santa Rosa 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.
    Still, North Coast counties should remain vigilant.”

  • Alaska man shifts water export plan to Humboldt
    – 1/09/03 Santa Rosa 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 water bought from Humboldt County.”

  • Water district weighing water bag proposal
    – 1/09/03 North Coast Journal

    “The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District is evaluating a proposal that calls for hauling thousands — perhaps millions — of gallons of water from Humboldt County to thirsty coastal communities in the central and southern part of the state.”

  • Tapping the Mad River’s water?
    – 1/08/03 Eureka Times-Standard

    “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.”

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