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Attend Support Rural America Constitutional Sheriffs’ EVENT


Support  Rural  America.com

Sheriffs’ Event

Saturday,   April 21, 2012

2 p.m.

Alturas, CA.

Casino Convention Center

901 County RD 56

Hosted by Modoc Sheriff Mike Poindexter


—–      Constitutional Sheriffs     —–


Panel of  7 County Sheriffs will speak including:


Modoc Sheriff Mike Poindexter

Siskiyou Sheriff Jon Lopey

Del Norte Sheriff Dean Wilson

Trinity Sheriff Bruce Haney

Lassen Sheriff Dean Growden

Plumas Sheriff Greg Hagwood

Oregon’s Grant County Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer

Special Guest:

Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen

Admission is FREE

Doors open at noon

Sponsored by Modoc Independent Tea Party

For more info: Doug Knox 530-233-3599     or   Liz Bowen 530-467-3515

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Eagle Forum is April 20-21 – California

Agenda 21 & Sustainable


Accommodations at the Double Tree Hotel for the special group rate price of just $84.00, call 916-929-8855 and tell them you are part of the Eagle Forum conference

to www.EagleForumofCalifornia.com

If you have any questions call Mary Wolbert at 707-544-9662.

“Big Green Lies and Liberty’s Demise”


 You are cordially invited to attend this important conference with outstanding speakers exposing the enemy’s biggest tools for destroying liberty and property rights and exercising control over the American people — all under the name of green. 


The Conference Features:

 Lobby Day Friday, April 20, 9 a.m.-12:30 inside the Sacramento Capitol Building (Room 447): Three Different Panels will be presented. We will break for lunch and then in the afternoon do lobbying, passing out packets of important literature to state legislators.

  • Panel One: The Attack on Urban Areas — the visioning process to move us into large regional governments, human settlements with high density ―stack em and pack em housing, and What We Can Do to Fight it: Barbara Decker of San Diego, Heather Gass of East Bay, Karen Klinger of Sacramento

  • Panel Two: The Attack on Rural Areas and the Wildlands Project: Nina Pellegrini of San Mateo, Debbie Bacigalupi of San Carlos whose parents live in Siskiyou County; and Kevin Eggers of Napa

  • Panel Three: How Smart Meters Fit Into the Agenda 21 Plan: Scientist Rob States of Marin; Heather Bryden, founder and president of Consumer Power Alliance of Santa Barbara; Deborah Tavares, editor of RefuseSmartMeters.com of Sebastopol; and Orlean Koehle of Santa Rosa, author of Just Say No to Big Brother’s Smart Meter

Private Reception, Photo Op and Live AuctionFriday, April 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m.Join us for the opportunity to meet and mingle and have pictures taken with special guest speakers. There will also be a live auction of special gifts and a private yacht trip. Funds raised help support scholarships for conservative college students.  Look to our website for a list of the various items being offered.

Evening BanquetFriday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. After a delicious grilled salmon and chicken dinner, with M.C. Warren Duffy, former L.A. talk show.  State President Orlean Koehle will present awards to various outstanding people who will be honored as “Souring Eagles of the Year” for their service to God, Family, and Country for the past year.  You will then hear from the following outstanding speakers:

  • Michael Shaw — Attorney, CPA, President and Founder of Freedom Advocates, org, of Santa Cruz, author, expert on all branches of Agenda 21, “How Agenda 21 or Sustainable Development Destroys the Natural World – Part I.” (Mr. Shaw will speak again the next morning,)

  • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, from San Bernardino, 59th District, a former Minuteman leader and expert on immigration.  He will speak on “Illegal Immigration’s Effect on our State and Nation and How it is Destroying our Economy and Prosperity – all Part of the Enemy’s Plan.”

  • Dr. Michael Coffman of Maine — Author of many great books exposing Agenda 21. “How Far Agenda 21 has come in Achieving Their Goals and What we Must Do to Stop it! — Part I.” (Dr. Coffman will speak again Saturday morning.)


Saturday All Day ConferenceApril 21, (Earth Day), Registration at 8:00, Conference begins 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., featuring Warren Duffy as the MC and the following excellent speakers:

  • Michael Shaw—“How Agenda 21/Sustainable Development Destroys the Natural World – Part 2.”

  • Dr. Michael Coffman—“How Far Agenda 21 has come and How to Stop it! — Part 2.”

  • Warren Duffy — Former Southern California talk show host, founder of CFACT SoCal, “California for Environmental Truth”—“The Disastrous Effects of Global Warming, AB 32 and Cap and Trade.”

  • Orlean Koehle – President of Eagle Forum of California, author, former public school teacher, “The Green Indoctrination in our Public Schools and Universities to Help Implement  Agenda 21.”

Luncheon: Delicious buffet with various salads, fish, chicken, vegetables, potatoes and cheese cakes Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson — luncheon speaker, of Los Angeles, founder of BOND, Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny—“The Deliberate Attack on the Family and the Judeo-Christian Heritage of our Nation”

Afternoon Speakers:

  • Nina Pellegrini – President and Founder of Californians for Property Rights, Member of Expose Agenda 21 Task Force, was born and raised in Cuba, known as “the most sustainable country,” –  What Life is Like under Castro’s Communism Compared to America Today under Obama.”

  • Rob States, M.I.T. Masters‟ Degree in engineering, expert on pulse-power generation, and micro-wave synthesizers — “The Dark Side of Smart Meters, How They are Part of Agenda 21 Plans, and What We Can Do About Them?”

Property Right’s Panel:

  • Heather Gass, author, realtor, leader of East Bay Tea Party, Vice President for Northern California Eagle Forum, “One Bay Area, Regional Plan for Implementing Agenda 21 on Nine Bay Counties.”

  • Barbara Decker of San Diego, Vice President of Southern California Eagle Forum, Founder of “Americans for Protecting Property Rights,” “San Diego’s First Regional (Agenda 21) Plan for the State — ‘Region 2050.’ ”

  • Debbie Bacigalupi of San Carlos, Candidate for Congress, Member of Eagle Forum Expose Agenda 21 Task Force, “How the Wildlands Project is Being Implemented in Rural California”

  • Kevin Eggers — Opt Ed Writer for the Napa Register, Member of Eagle Forum Expose Agenda 21 Task Force, “Agenda 21 is Based on Communitarian Law — What That Really Means?”

Panel of Hope: Elected City Councilman and Sheriff, — Fighting Agenda 21 in Local Areas:

  • Councilman Matt Grocott, City of San Carlos — courageously tried to get his city to drop its membership in ICLEI, (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives), the powerful group who helped start UN Agenda 21.

Councilman Michael Ceremello, City of Dixon, Civic Activist, Investigative Reporter, Photo Journalist Dixon’s Independent Voice Newspaper, outspoken critic of the myth of global warming and the One Bay Area.

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Rand Paul is against newest Small Arms Treaty

2nd Amendment rights, Constitution, Gun rights & hunting

Dear fellow Patriot,

Gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Obama Administration will be working hand-in-glove with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.”

Disguised as an “International Arms Control Treaty” to fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN Small Arms Treaty is in fact a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

I’m helping lead the fight to defeat this radical treaty in the United States Senate and I want your help.

Please join me by taking a public stand against this outright assault on our national sovereignty by signing the Official Firearms Sovereignty Survey.

Ultimately, the UN Small Arms Treaty is designed to register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens like YOU.

So far, the gun-grabbers have successfully kept the exact wording of their new scheme under wraps.

But looking at previous versions of the UN Small Arms Treaty, you and I can get a good idea of what’s likely in the works.

If passed by the UN and ratified by the U.S. Senate, the UN Small Arms Treaty would almost certainly FORCE the U.S. to:

*** Enact tougher licensing requirements, making law-abiding Americans cut through even more bureaucratic red tape just to own a firearm legally;

*** CONFISCATE and DESTROY ALL “unauthorized” civilian firearms (all firearms owned by the government are excluded, of course);

*** BAN the trade, sale and private ownership of ALL semi-automatic weapons;

*** Create an INTERNATIONAL gun registry, setting the stage for full-scale gun CONFISCATION.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this is NOT a fight we can afford to lose.

Ever since its founding 65 years ago, the United Nations has been hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees.

To the petty dictators and one-world socialists who control the UN, the United States of America isn’t a “shining city on a hill” — it’s an affront to their grand designs for the globe.

These anti-gun globalists know that so long as Americans remain free to make our own decisions without being bossed around by big government bureaucrats, they’ll NEVER be able to seize the worldwide power they crave.

And the UN’s apologists also know the most effective way to finally strip you and me of ALL our freedoms would be to DESTROY our gun rights.

That’s why I was so glad to hear that the National Association for Gun Rights is leading the fight to stop this assault on our Constitution!

The truth is there’s no time to waste.

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Wolf presentation in Yreka on May 10

Siskiyou County, Threats to agriculture, Wolves

Presentation on Wolves sponsored by

Siskiyou County Ag Dept.

May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

at the Miners Inn convention center.

Expert Carter Niemeyer will discuss the potential impact of wolves on livestock and wildlife.

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Fishing the North Coast: Salmon action picks up off Shelter Cove

California Rivers, Salmon and fish

Fishing the North Coast: Salmon action picks up off Shelter Cove – Times-Standard Online


Fishing the North Coast: Salmon action picks up off Shelter Cove

Perch derby set for Saturday

Kenny Priest

For the Times-Standard

April 10, 2012

Though the weekend was a little on the slow side, the salmon bite has picked up the last few days off of Shelter Cove. According to Russ Thomas of Mario’s Marina, 12 to 15 boats went out on Sunday, and the scores were about two fish per boat. “Monday and Tuesday the fishing really improved, as did the size of the fish. I saw at least four fish come in that were at least 20-pounds, if not bigger. On Wednesday, the bite turned wide-open, with seven of the eight boats coming back with limits. I didn’t see any real big ones come in – most were between seven and 12 pounds. You don’t need to travel far to find the fish, the best action has been right around the bell,” Thomas added. The weather shouldn’t be a factor this weekend. Swells are predicted right around six feet with one-foot wind waves.

Huge return predicted for the Klamath

Over 300,000 adult fall-run Chinook are predicted to return to the Klamath and Trinity rivers this fall according to Sara Borok, an Associate Fisheries Biologist on the Klamath River. An average return is right around 122,000, so these numbers are off the charts and according to Borok, the largest since 1978. Though not official yet, the CA Department of Fish and Game is pushing for a sport quota of 67,600 for the entire Klamath Basin. To put that in perspective, last year’s quota was 7,900. DFG is also recommending a limit of four adult salmon per day and a possession limit of eight. The numbers will be finalized at the DFG meeting May 23 in Monterey.

Surf perch tourney this Saturday

The Samoa Peninsula Fire District will be hosting their 3rd Annual Perch’n on the Peninsula Surfperch Fishing Tournament and BBQ fundraiser this Saturday, April 21. The tournament and BBQ will be held at the Peninsula Elementary School, 909 Vance Ave. Samoa, (directly across the street from the Samoa Cookhouse). Entry donation for the tournament is $20 and you must register before going fishing. If you pre-register you will not be required to check in at the elementary school prior to going fishing on tournament day. Pre-registration is available at Mad River Tackle, Pacific Outfitters, Englund Marine, Grundman’s Sporting Goods or by contacting Charlie at 707-499-7088. Tournament day registration will be available at the elementary school in Samoa beginning at 6 am. The weather forecast for Saturday is calling for mostly sunny conditions with light winds and a swell of 5 to 7 feet. Tournament entry is only $20 and there will be over $1,200 in tournament and door prizes. Some of the top prizes include:

Full day guided drift boat fishing trip for one on the Trinity River donated by Sweet

(Photo courtesy of Diego Garcia)

Trinity Guide Service; Full day charter boat fishing trip for one out of Trinidad donated by Northwind Charters; Full day guided kayak fishing trip for two out of Trinidad, donated by Pacific Outfitters.

Crabs and Clams

John Corbett of Eureka’s Pacific Outfitters reports the crabbing is still good in the bay. “I’ve heard reports that limits are still being taken around the red can and out front of the Coast Guard Station,” Corbett said. Another set of minus tides will be rolling around again this weekend. According to Corbett, the clamming was excellent last week at Clam Beach and at South Beach in Crescent City. Friday’s low tide is -0.1 at 6:09 a.m. Saturday is -.3 at 6:45 a.m. and Sunday’s tide is -.4 at 7:20 a.m. The minus tides will continue through next Thursday. A reminder, in 2012, Little River Beach between the Mad River and Strawberry Creek is open to the take of Razor Clams. In Del Norte County, the beach south of Battery Point is open to clamming.

Trinity River water releases

The official water year designation for the Trinity River in 2012 is “Normal,” according to the Trinity River Restoration Program. The high flow release schedule for the Trinity River as recommended by the Trinity Management Council (TMC) are as follows: the flow releases will begin increasing on April 28, 2012, reaching a peak release of 6,000 cfs on May 6. These peak flows will be held for a period of two days, and then decreased to 5,000 cfs by May 10. After that date, releases will be gradually decreased to a 450 cfs summer base-flow by July 26. For a complete release schedule, visit www.trrp.net/?page_id=150index.htm.

The Rivers:

The Smith:

The rain has put the Smith on the rise, but it should be in perfect shape for the weekend. The fishing pressure has been light, but there are still quite a few steelhead around reports Mike Coopman of Mike Coopman’s Guide Service. The river will remain open through the end of April from its mouth to the confluence with the Middle and South Forks.

Lower Rogue

Spring salmon fishing remains fair on the lower Rogue reports guide Steve Huber of Steve Huber’s Guide Service. “Some spots are doing better than others, but overall boats are averaging from zero to three fish per trip. The river is dropping slowly, which is opening up some new spots, but there’s still only about 18 inches of visibility. Once it clears some more, the scores should improve dramatically. The fish that are being caught are real nice, with many in the 20-pound range,” Huber said.

Find “Fishing the North Coast” on Facebook for up-to-date fishing reports and North Coast river information. Questions, comments and photos can be emailed to kenny@fishingthenorthcoast.com.

NOTE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted
material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have
expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit
research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

This information and much more that you need to know about the ESA,
the Klamath River Basin, and private property rights can be found at The
Klamath Bucket Brigade’s web site – http://klamathbucketbrigade.org/index.html
please visit today.

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BPA, BC Hydro sign Columbia River flow agreement

Dams other than Klamath

BPA, BC Hydro sign Columbia River flow agreement | capitalpress.com



Capital Press

April 19, 2012

Power producers in the U.S. and Canada have agreed to provide more water flows for protected fish and power generation on the upper Columbia River in Canada.

The Bonneville Power Administration and British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority — BC Hydro — have signed the new Non-Treaty Storage Agreement, which extends to September 2024.

BPA spokesman Mike Hansen said the agreement is separate from ongoing discussions over the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. The 50-year-old hydropower and flood-control pact between the U.S. and Canada is up for discussion in 2014.

Canada has built an additional 5 million acre-feet of non-treaty water storage, Hansen said. The new agreement provides BPA access to about half of that water.

The two agencies must agree annually how the water will be managed. If BPA has extremely dry conditions, it has unilateral access to 500,000 acre-feet of water to help with flows in the river, Hansen said.

According to BPA, the new agreement benefits threatened and endangered fish. It allows BPA to reduce the flow in the spring and increase it in the summer.

NOTE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted
material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have
expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit
research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

This information and much more that you need to know about the ESA,
the Klamath River Basin, and private property rights can be found at The
Klamath Bucket Brigade’s web site – http://klamathbucketbrigade.org/index.html
please visit today.

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Brandon Criss challenges incumbent for District 1 supervisor seat

Brandon Criss

Brandon Criss challenges incumbent for District 1 supervisor seat – Mount Shasta, CA – Mount Shasta Herald



By Skye Kinkade

Mount Shasta Herald

April 18, 2012

Skye Kinkade  Brandon Criss

Southern Siskiyou County, Calif. — Brandon Criss, a fourth generation Siskiyou County farmer and volunteer firefighter from Butte Valley, hopes to replace incumbent Jim Cook as District 1 supervisor.

Making a pledge to bring strong leadership to the county, Criss said he’s looking forward to representing the citizens of McCloud and the rest of District 1.

A firm believer in the process of coordination and the need to save the Klamath hydroelectric dams, Criss was the Butte Valley-Tulelake regional campaign manager for the “No on Measure G” campaign in 2010, an advisory vote that showed a large majority of those who voted opposed dam removal.

Criss holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on economics and political science and a master’s degree in public administration. He said he’s concerned with economic growth, job creation in the county, and keeping the family resource centers viable. He hopes to bring a proactive approach to county government and pledges to stay involved with all his constituents to represent them to the best of his ability.


“Natural resources are the base of all economic growth… A county this rich in natural resources shouldn’t have this high of an unemployment rating,” said Criss, who describes himself as “pro-ag, pro-timber and pro-mining.”

He hopes that through coordination, state and federal agencies will be forced to respect local land-use laws.

If elected, Criss hopes to help the county “move beyond dealing with the county budget in a year-to-year crisis mode and establish long-term planning that would give the county a sounder fiscal policy.”

On his website, Criss said he believes that sound funding prioritization for essential services such as emergency services, fire, law enforcement, public works and public health is critical, and the county should be taking a long-term approach to funding.

“The county can do this by funding essential services during economic good times and saving the extra money to cushion the county during economic poor times in order to maintain those essential services,” Criss said. “It shouldn’t take a recession for the county to prioritize its funding… [it] should be a basic operating premise for the county as it is for any private business.”

Criss said he’d like to ensure programs in the county’s outlying areas, not just the Interstate 5 corridor, are funded. He believes the cost-effective family resource centers are vital in meeting that objective.

Dam removal

“The dams provide the cleanest, cheapest electricity that can be produced,” Criss said.

“It was believed by the incumbent county supervisor that a majority of the Tulelake Basin supported dam removal because farmers had been promised water if they supported it,” Criss continued. “I couldn’t stand by and let part of Siskiyou County be fooled about false promises. I was told it would harm my future Supervisor’s race if I got involved with the issue in Tulelake because it was very divisive locally. Instead of being scared, I assumed a leadership position… we won with 77 percent of Tulelake voting against dam removal and an 83 percent average in my entire campaign region.”

Thoughts on McCloud

Though the Nestle issue is “still big in McCloud,” Criss believes that with strong leadership, the community can come together, much the way Tulelake did on the dam issue.

“The community has already taken several initiatives to improve the economy especially with tourism,” Criss said. “I would organize roundtable meetings between the business community and the county asking community members what needs to improve from the county’s end,” Criss said. “Leading and listening will be key.”


Criss has been married to his wife, Kerry, for two  years. He’s a seven-year volunteer firefighter and six year volunteer ambulance crew member.

Criss has worked for Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett as his legislative aide, and is familiar with reading legislation and long budget reports. He has made contact with state and national elected representatives and their staffs.

“I have the knowledge and experience to lead us successfully in really beginning and continuing with coordination as a tool to stop dam removal,” Criss said.

Contact Criss

Criss is available to discuss concerns and answer questions by phone at (530) 859-5548, or by email at brandoncriss22@yahoo.com or at his website, brandoncriss2012.com

NOTE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted
material herein is distributed without profit or payment to those who have
expressed a prior interest in receiving this information for non-profit
research and educational purposes only. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

This information and much more that you need to know about the ESA,
the Klamath River Basin, and private property rights can be found at The
Klamath Bucket Brigade’s web site – http://klamathbucketbrigade.org/index.html
please visit today.

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Market turns for grape growers

Agriculture - California

Pete Opatz, vice president and senior viticulturalist of Silverado Premium Properties, stands in a vineyard with year-old vines, protected by milk cartons, in Geyserville.



Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 4:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 4:20 p.m.

It’s been a long time since grape growers felt coveted like a hot commodity, but after two years of weather that pummeled the crop, wineries are pursuing them again.

Grape growers are suddenly like the popular girl on the cheerleading squad, while wineries are the pursuer, competing for their attention — and hoping they will agree to go steady for a while. And it’s setting up a dynamic where some growers want to hold out and wait for the best offer.

“The wineries have pens in their hands, but I don’t know that growers have yet,” said Glenn Proctor, partner and grape broker at Ciatti Company. “People want to date me. So do I go back with the person I took to the prom last year? Or these five other people want to date me, should I talk to them?”

Many grape growers are being offered multi-year grape growing contracts from wineries seeking to buy their grapes, and some are being offered contracts to plant new vineyards, agreements that can last a decade.

The trend comes in sharp contrast to the past two years, when a faltering economy, lower grape prices and a relatively abundant crop meant that wineries could easily find quality grapes to buy when needed.

The impact on growers was painful. Some saw multi-year contracts cancelled. Others spent more growing and harvesting the grapes than they could recoup by selling them. Some left their grapes to rot on the vine, unable to find a buyer willing to pay them enough to harvest their fruit.

“We have moved from what I would call a pure buyer’s market to a pure seller’s market, in six months,” said Brian Clements, vice president of Turrentine Wine Brokerage.

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Grape growers sue state to block frost protection rules

Agriculture - California, Water rights, Water, Resources & Quality

On Slusser Road in Santa Rosa, sprinklers coat a vineyard with water as part of frost protection measures used due to the early morning frost warnings in 2010.

PD FILE, 2010


Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 21, 2011 at 2:02 p.m.

Grape growers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have sued the California Water Resources Control Board over its new regulations on how farmers use water from the Russian River watershed.

The group, called the Russian River Water Users for the Environment, is comprised of several dozen farmers who grow grapes for wine production in the Russian River watershed. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the Superior Court of California in Sacramento, also lists four individual growers.

They say the regulations are unconstitutional, too broad and sweeping and don’t address steps that growers are already taking to protect salmon and steelhead populations.

“Our concern as growers is it’s putting the hammer down on the entire area,” said Duff Bevill, founder of Bevill Vineyards Management near Healdsburg.

The regulations address a frost protection technique in which farmers spray water on their crops when temperatures fall below freezing to keep the buds and vines at a stable 32 degrees. It is typically done in the spring.

The rules, adopted Sept. 20, are intended to safeguard salmon and steelhead populations in the Russian River. During peak water-use times, water levels in the Russian River may drop. Federal officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service said that when growers removed water from the river for frost protection in 2008 and 2009 they stranded and killed salmon and steelhead.

“There have just been two incidents that were documented, and both of those were addressed,” Bevill said. “Both of them have stopped their diversions during the peak times; both have built ponds. Growers have responded, and said, ‘We get it.’”

Under the rules, any grower who plans to engage in frost protection from March 15 through May 15, 2012 must submit a water management plan to the state or be part of a larger water plan developed by a “governing body.” Those plans are due by Feb. 1.

Bevill said that if those plans are not approved, growers will have little time to make changes before the onset of frost.

“It doesn’t acknowledge the things we’re already doing,” Bevill said. “We still want to do a water management program; we just want the science behind it.”

David Clegern, spokesman for the State Water Resources Control Board, said the board does not comment on pending litigation.

Grape growers have been working with Sonoma County on a program to monitor stream levels, and they plan to continue those efforts regardless of the new state regulations, said Pete Opatz, vice president and senior viticulturist, Silverado Premium Properties.

“We are committed to doing what we need to do locally,” he said. Opatz is not a part of the litigation.

The group Trout Unlimited also has been working with growers to develop alternative methods for frost protection, such as creating off-stream ponds to store water, and installing fans that can help deter frost in some places.

“I’m not necessarily surprised, but I am disappointed,” said Brian Johnson, California Director of Trout Unlimited. “I think that the farmers and the salmon will be better off if we take more time working on the solutions, and less time litigating over it.”

David Keller, who represents the group Friends of the Eel River, said it was unfortunate that the group went to court instead of recognizing that all users in the Russian River watershed have an obligation to protect fisheries.

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“This is the property rights, anti-environmental wing of the grape growers,” Keller said. “It’s time to get past the 1960’s practice of taking whatever water they want and planting in areas that they know are frost-prone without sufficient water or other means to protect their crop.”

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Sonoma County scales back frost-protection rules

Agriculture - California, Dept. Fish & Game


Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:30 a.m.

Sonoma County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to scale back controversial rules designed to protect endangered fish and regulate how grape growers use water from the Russian River for frost protection.

The board eliminated rules that would have required vineyard and orchard operators to monitor and report their water diversions from the river, its tributaries and nearby groundwater.

A county program that simply registers growers who use Russian River water for frost protection will continue. Going forward, it will only require registration for new growers, or operations that have been modified or changed hands. The registration fee is $64.

The shift was spurred by state regulations approved last year that impose many of the same requirements, including monitoring and reporting, with stronger enforcement authority to back them up.

The state rules are tied up in court after a coalition of grape growers sued and a judge postponed their enforcement. Many grape growers in Sonoma County and Mendocino County are complying with the rules in the meantime.

Sonoma County’s program drew heavy fire from some growers early last year when it came before the Board of Supervisors.

Critics took issue with a reporting requirement that would have identified how much water individual growers were taking from the river system for frost measures.

John Dyson, the high-powered owner of Williams Selyem winery in Healdsburg, compared such measures to a “witch hunt.”

Under pressure, the board postponed implementation of the monitoring and reporting rules until this year. That step is no longer warranted with the unveiling of state rules, county officials said Tuesday.

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