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106 wednesday, March 4, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter DENNISON, from page 9B scientifically defensive and it is good public policy." I submit that the DEIR is embarrassingly flawed, not good public policy and, as anticipated by Whitney, will draw lawsuit(s) when people begin to understand the full socio-economic impact on Plumas County and specifically the Almanor Basin. There is nothing in the report that can guarantee that the thermal curtain will realize the board's goals of reducing the NFFR water temperature by 1 degree C 40 miles downstream from Lake Almanor. Thus, the DEIR has added another alternative that will "experiment" with the cold water release of 250 - 600 cubic feet per second through Canyon Dam. A technical and legal review of the 303(d) listing and the DEIR will show that they are not supportable and large amounts of cold water through thermal curtains, or Canyon Dam, shaH not be permitted. Some of the more apparent water board errors include the means by which it established the historical NFFR water temperatures as a standard to determine degradation of water quality today. Its source was largely a 1915 photograph of a Maidu woman with a basket offish and an earlier photo of a full creel of fish. It is extremely significant that the DEIR has been written to falsely "meet CEQA requirements" by listing everypublic documented concern as "insignificant." This betrayal constitutes one of the reasons that attorneys and others who professionally review DEIR documents are noting that this DEIR is the "most deficient" of any they have read. It is incomprehensible that all of the public and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission comments against the removal of cold water from Lake Almanor were condensed into little boxes with check marks indicating they were a11 "less than significant." It is obvious that the water board has not placed any value in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission environmental impact report statements, which said, in part: "however, we do not recommend it (the thermal curtain) given the adverse effects that these measures would have on the lakes' environmental, cultural, and their own beer. Includes live music. Tickets $25 per person, $15 children under 12, available from church members, at the door. For ihformation: Doti McDowell, 284-7532; Bonnie Kessloff, 284-6210. Wed, March 4 Chester: Forest restoration meeting, 6 - 8 p.m., Memorial Hall. Plumas County Fire Safe Council, Plumas National Forest invite all interested groups, individuals to participate in new collaborative. For information: plumascollaborative.wordpress.com; Mike De Lasaux, 283-6125, mjdelasaux@ucdavis.edu. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes provided for $1 donation. Free, open to walkers 8 and up, no children in carriers. Registration required for large groups, not for individuals. Walks held weekends through April 5. For information: http://1 .usa.gov/1UxjGb, 595-4480. Blairsden: Dinosaurs and Fossils, 6:30 p.m., Mohawk Community Resource Center at corner of highways 70 and 89. Don "Dino" Dailey offers free presentation for all ages discussing dinosaurs, fossils, pictures, "interesting ideas." Blairsden: Open-house artist's reception, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Mohawk Community Resource Center at ~" ......... junction of highways 70 and 89. To kick off upcoming watercolor class, artist/teacher Lucinda Wood shows work. For information: 836-0446. Improv workshop, noon - 2 p.m., West End Theatre. Professional comics lead class designed to unleash natural creativity, humor. All ages. $20 per person. Fundraiser for Magic Beanstalk Players. To enroll (by March 1): dramaworks, 283-1956, dramaworks.us. Improv Night Comedy Show, 7 - 9 p.m., West End Theatre. Family-friendly St. Patrick's Day-themed fundraiser for Magic Beanstalk Players features Blacktop Comedy comics. Tickets $15. All ages welcome. Tickets available at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, dramaworks.us. Live music featuring Joe Grissino and Uncle . Funkle, 10 p.m., Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. Free. For information: 283-9788. Sat - Sun, March 14 - 15 Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe walks, 1:30 p.m., Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Snowshoes provided for $1 donation. Free, open to walkers 8 and up, no children in carriersl Registration required for large groups, not for individuals. Walks held weekends through April 5. For information: http://1 .usa.gov/ltJxjGb, 595-4480. Chester: Community carnival, Chester Junior-Senior High School gym. Class of 2015 hosts fundraiser for senior trip. D J, concessions, ice cream, carnival booths, prize giveaway. Admission free, tickets for concessions, games $22 per bundle presale, $25 at the door. To contribute: Courtney Working, 228-2683; Wendi Durkin, 258-6570. Graeagle: Open mic night, 6 - 9 p.m., Chalet View Lodge. Open to performers, spectators. Bar, restaurant, Eureka Peak Brewery tasting room open. $3 cover charge. For information: 832-5528, chaletviewlodge.com. Quincy: Artists' opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Main Street Artists Gallery. Featuring John Sheehan, Stanford Ro~e. Complimentary wine, appetizers. Artists' opening reception, 5 - 7 p.m., Plumas Arts Gallery. Featuring "wildlife" theme, entries in Black Mountain Lookout Artist in Residence program. Contest winner chosen by juried process, people's choice. For information: 283-3402. Whiskey tasting, upstairs lounge at Main Street Sports Bar and Lounge at 395 Main St. For information: 283-9788. ' Clio: Trailfest, doors open 5 p.m., Nakoma Golf Resort and Spa. Fundraiser by Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship has Casino Royale theme, includes dinner, auctions, presentations, libations, casino play. Tickets $40 presale, $45 at the door. Tickets available at sierratrails.org. Classy attire encouraged. Taylorsville: German feast, 5:30 p.m., Indian Valley Museum. Fundraiser to conserve and maintain historical Taylorsville Methodist Church. Guests may bring Quincy: Community blood drive, 6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Drop-ins welcome; priority given to those with appointments. Eat good meal, bring ID. For appointments: Susan Christensen, 283-2424; bloodheroes.com, sponsor code "Quincy." Quincy: Two-year anniversary celebration, The Knook. Dell-style restaurant offers free cup of soup from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. For information: 283-0300. Chester: Taco night, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lake Almanor Elks Lodge at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Sierra Valley: Sierra Valley youth trapshooting program sign-ups and practice, 5 p.m., club on A24 3.2 miles south of Highway 70. Program open to children 9 - 18 years of age. For information: Tim Driscoll, 263-3112. Quincy: All-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange Hall. United Bikers of Northern California presents fundraiser for local veterans, other local charities every second Saturday November - April. $6. For information: Dave or Helen Reynolds, 283-4950. Johnsville: Historic Longboard Revival Series races, registration 10 - 11:15 a.m., Plumas Eureka Ski Bowl. Plumas Ski Club presents races on handmade wooden skis; 1860s attire encouraged. Racers pay $15, must be Plumas Ski Club members ($20). Dependent on snow coverage. For information, updates: PlumasSkiClub.org; Don Fregulia Jr., 927-8115; Rob Russell, 283-3381 Quincy: Annual St. Patrick's Day dinner, 5 p.m., St. John's Catholic Church hall on Lawrence Street. $12 adults, $5 children under 10, children under 5 free. Takeout available. For tickets: church members; the rectory, 283-0890; Sharon Thon, 283-0138. Quincy: Native plant gathering, 6 p.m., Quincy library at 445 Jackson St. Held to connect, learn with others interested in seeing, growing, propagating, sharing knowledge. Main topic:' planning, fine-tuning field trips, workshops, events. Bring knowledge, ideas to share. recreational resources (e.g. coldwater fishery of Lake Almanor, the existing trophy rainbow and brown trout fishery of Butt Valley Reservoir, potentiM disturbance of Native American burial grounds, boating safety, and view sheds) and its high cost." The following are additional, but not all, examples of the water board's dismissal of facts in the DEIR response to the public: "Could this affect water temperature in Lake Almanor?" Impact: none. Yet, two mitigation measures are provided 1) "Implement temperature monitoring and operation coordination." There is no explanation of the monitoring locations or depths that will be used to ensure the temperatures do not unreasonably affect Lake Almanor water quality as required in the California Environmental Quality Act. 2) "Augment stocking of coldwater fishery following criticai dry water years."_ How will planting more fish in Lake Almanor to replace those killed by high water temperature assist in maintaining the aquatic habitat conditions? Better to use the hundreds of million of dollars for thermal curtain construction to plant thousands of large fish downstream than to risk the loss of the Lake Almanor fisheries. Another DEIR response to public and biologists concerns over cold water release: "Could this affect the aquatic habitat conditions of Lake Almanor?" The little box is marked "insignificant." There is no explanation of how someone has made the decision that there will be no impact from removal of cold water and therefore no need to consider mitigating measures. The same statement was given for aquatic habitat in Butt Reservoir without any mention of the certain loss of the trophy fish. No impact on issues : submitted by a broad coalition of Native Americans, including disruption of their burial grounds. The fact that the water board members attempt to turn their backs on multiple presentations and requests by local tribes shows a bizarre insensitivity to both facts and political reality. A cost/benefit analysis is not required under a DEIR. However, the "reasonableness" of this project cannot be ascertained without some sincere attempt to show the costs over the 50=year life of the 2105 hydroelectric license. It would be most interesting to relate that cost to the estimated value of the increase in pounds per fish/year in an area where fishing is not allowed. The Alternative 3X proposal shows an annual cost of $13.5 million, which will be $90 million/year in 50 years. That is an unfathomable cost of this project that will only potentially increase the growth in a few fish in the lower NFFR, while killing more fish and the socio-economic life in the Lake Almanor Basin. As noted, much of the current problem is due to the faulty 303(d) listing of the NFFR. The criteria for setting the critical water temperatures were even questioned by members of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. A 2005 letter from Joe Pedri fromthat regional board stated in part, "In conclusion, we do not support 303(d) listing for the NF Feather River, based on information we have (including information referenced in the two page listing summary). We request that you include this letter with your comments to SWRCB on the current proposed listing." A copy was sent to Sharon Stohrer, SWRCB, Division of Water Rights, Sacramento. This was mere few weeks before the Department of water Resources listed the river as temperature impaired. Why would the board choose to overrule opposition to the 303(d) listing by its own professionals who were best qualified to study and know the facts about the North Fork Feather River? Any legal action against this DEIR must necessarily review what happened during this short period. We must determine where scientific facts ended and if political intervention began. Those responsible for writing the DEIR have also chosen to scrap the professional testimony by biologist Ron DeCota and fishing guides who know the Lake Almanor/Butt Valley reservoirs better than anyone. Their professional warnings about detrimental water temperatures, aquatic needs and potential damage to fish food supply by abrupt changes in lake water level, oxygen problems and importance of the cold water springs were all discarded as "insignificant." The re iio,mention.in the DEIR of PG&E's July 2005 report on water temperature monitoring, which included the following: "In summary, water monitoring indicates that a mean daily water temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, or less is not consistently achieved in the months of July and August and no reasonable water temperature control measures are available to achieve such water temperature year round. The goal is unrealistic and unnatural." In summary, the people cannot be pleased in the manner that the water board has received and discarded public, federal and state agency comments that have resulted in the next step: a faulty and misguided DEIR. It is mandatory that the board re-evaluate the DEIR and discontinue any program that authorizes cold water reductions that will result in the destruction of the waters of Lake Almanor and Butt Valley Reservoir. p m m m m m m SENIOR. MENU | Monday, March 9 | Green chile stew, salad, corn bread, apricots. | Tuesday, March 10 | Beef stroganoff, noodles, broccoli, banana, orange, | pineapple salad. m m m ~ m m 11 Wednesday, March 11 ' Breaded fish fillets, baked | potato, cole slaw, apple | slices, whole grain roll. | Thursday, March 12 Chicken and rice casserole, | peas and carrots, green salad, mixed berry crisp. Friday, March 13 |. Sweet and sour pork, rice, pineapple, cookie. II *Veget~{rian Meal; **Healthy Heart Meal II This item s menu may con!ain over 1,000 mg of Sodium II Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643; Greenville, | 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832-4173; Blairsden| open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday for reservations. Suggested- | donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. One guest may accompany each| senior, $6 mandatory charge. Menus may change. 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