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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 5A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Fair taxation and senior water rights are the top two concerns Plumas County leaders address in a letter regarding the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The letter, which was submitted to meet a July 29 deadline and ratified by the Board of Supervisors on Aug. 12, recommends that both the plan and its environmental documents be "withdrawn, redesigned, reanalyzed, and recirculated for at least 120 days of public comment." The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is a 50-year plan with the goal of restoring the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem while securing the state's water supply. As a state water contractor, Plumas has participated in the discussions conducted by the Department of Water Resources, most often represented by Public Works Director Bob Perreault, County Counsel Craig Settlemire and water consultant Leah Wills. From the beginning, Plnmas, along with Butte County, had one objective it repeatedly sought to discuss: "To ensure that contractors shall have the option and right to opt out of the cost and burdens and benefits of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and any implementing and related projects." A few months later, in July 2013, the objective was revised but reiterated that the two counties did not want to be responsible for any costs incurred by the project. The letter notes that despite 18 meetings that were held after July 2013, the Plnmas and Butte objective was never discussed.. Now the plan is being circulated among the state water contractors for ratification. In addition to not wanting to pay for any costs, Plumas leaders raise the point that the costs are unknown and that a vote by the taxpayers for the plan is not required. Plumas is also concerned that the group authorized to implement the plan has the authority to overturn existing water rights priorities in California. While the supervisors unanimously supported the contents of the letter and ratified it, they were concerned that they did so after it had already been sent. The issue was flu-st raised by veteran board observed Todd Anderson, who asked, "What resolution has this board signed allowing a department head to submit a document?" County Counsel Craig Settlemire said that it's a situation that arises from time to time and the supervisors can choose to ratify the action or not. "I don't find myself often agreeing with Todd," Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said, "but we are frequently ratifying letters after the fact. These things we need to respond to are slipping through the cracks until the very last minute." She said given an opportunity to review the letter, one of the supervisors might have an additional comment or slant on the information. "I like this letter very much," she said and noted that her comments were critical of the process in general. Anderson also objected to the letter's backup material being difficult to access, because the 1,100 pages were available for viewing only by going to the clerk to the board's office. ley Samantha P. Hawthorne Staff Writer shawthorne@plumasnews.com As of last month, Indian Valley Community Services District's plans to sell water from Round Valley Reservoir were put on hold. The Department of Water Resources determined the district would not be able to transfer water to any buyer before the DWR's Sept. 30 cutoff date. The district was in negotiations to sell 1,000 acre-feet of water to Montecito Water District for $500 per acre-foot. MWD wanted the water by February 2015. The window to transfer water will not open again until July 2015. Water attorney Michael Jackson said approximately 250,000 acre-feet of water was scheduled for transfer through the Delta this year, most of which will not be transferred as planned. Jackson said he could continue searching for a buyer south of the Delta, which might result in more money for the district. He said if next year turns out to be another dry year, almost all water districts in the south would be looking to buy water. He said Montecito is interested in continuing negotiations for next year's water supply as well. He said the board would need to start negotiations with MWD in December if they choose to go forward. Jackson also informed the board,of a $7.5 billion water bond that cleared the Legislature the evening of the IVCSD board meeting, Aug. 13. He said the district could be eligible for grant money because part of the bond money is available for small systems in "disadvantaged communities." The bond will be used throughout California to construct new water storage systems; clean up and sustain groundwater; cleanse drinking water supplies in small communities; protect and restore rivers, lakes and watersheds; prepare for droughts; and provide flood management. Director Mike Yost said the board looks forward to continuing the process of a water transfer. He said the delay will give directors plenty of time to learn about the process. SENTENCE, from page 4A could include reimbursement for potential financial strain resulting from the fraud. In addition to Reichle's efforts, District Attorney David Hollister is searching for Indian Valley community members who were affected by Moore's actions -- whether fmancially or personally. Any information obtained could help the DA during the sentencing hearing. Those who do come forward may be invited to make a statement during the sentencing hearing. Reichle urged anyone who has been impacted, in no matter how small a way, to come forward by writing a letter to the DA. Letters can be mailed to Public Administrator, Attn: Jessica Beatley, 520Main St., Room 404, Quincy, CA 95971. Letters should be mailed as soon as possible. Sunday, Sept. 7 3-7pm Pioneer Park Pavillion Quincy Silent Auction & Drawings Grilled Tri-Tip, Baked Beans, Salads, Rolls, plus a Dessert Table! $1S Adults S5 Children (12 yrs & under) 11ckets available at: Carey Candy Co., Toy Store, Midtown Coffee Tickets available until Aug. '31 For lafo: Call Ana at 283-1805 Co ie's P] When you need something from the heart, come to us/ Antiques Used Collectibles Furniture Books Household lewelry Items Now Open 7 Days a Week 10am - 4pm 72850 Hwy 70 (3 miles west of Portola) 249-1745 new The Feather River College Foundation is beginning a new chapter by hiring the first executive director in its history. Carolyn Shipp, a Feather River College alumna and Plumas County local, will be stepping in to the newly created position to foster the foundation's growth in some of the best financial circumstances it has enjoyed since its establishment in 1988. "The timing was right," said Foundation President Kris Miravalle. "We've been trying to muddle through with volunteers but the continuity hasn't been there. Now, with an executive director, we're hoping to accomplish great things." Shipp grew up in Sonora and moved to Quincy to attend Feather River College and participate in the equine program. She continued her education at Fresno State where she was a student athlete and studied communications. She returned to Plumas County after she completed her education and was a staff writer for Feather Publishing Co. Inc. for almost two years. "t can tell you from ....... personal experience that this college produces successful students," said Shipp. "I'm very excited to be a part of a foundation that enables that success." The foundation is a nonprofit organization that New Feather River College Foundation Executive Director Carolyn Shipp (center) is welcomed by some of Feather River College Foundation's officers. From left: membership chairwoman Marie Anderson, foundation president Kris Miravalle, Shipp, vice president Russell Reid and fundraising chairwoman Lisa Kelly. Photo submitted provides scholarships and assistance to Feather River College's students, faculty and programs. The foundation owns the Feather River Residence Halls and the Feather River Fitness Center and organizes the Community Host Program, in which community members interact and network with students who are far from home. .... "We are delighted to have Carolyn on board," said Foundation fundraising chairwoman Lisa Kelly. 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