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4B Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Ranchers are united in desire to use best practices Conversation about water issues flowed about between wisps of aromatic smoke from barbe- cued lamb and tri-tip during a gathering of Upper Feather River Watershed Group members, friends and others at theindian Valley Meyers Family Ranch, Photos by Alicia Knadter Family Dentistry for Plulnas County with a Woman's Touch Emily S. Herndon, DDS Graduate of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Member American Academy of Oral Medicine Member Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Member American Dental Association Beautiful, esthetic restorations utilizing the latest technology. Crowns done in one day, preserving the maximum amount of your natural tooth structure. Emergencies accepted. Emily S. Herndon, D.D.S. 431 W. MAIN ST., QUINCY (530) 283-1119 Those concerned about water rights and those who lead restoration projects and livestock programs gather in small groups for discussion against a backdrop of fall color. Alicia Knadler Indian .Valley Editor aknadler@plumasnews.com Ranchers in the Upper Feather River Watershed Group are united in goals for healthy pastures and environment, as well as pro- tection of historical water rights. On tour Friday, Oct. 22, of tile Indian Valley Meyers Family Ranch, participants learned about setting irriga- tion pipes and the methods to maximize responsible water use throughout the year. While showing off his recently laser-leveled ranch land, Christian Meyers ex- plained the water sources he is allowed to use and when. He demonstrated how to join and set underground irrigation pipes, and the low pressures he expected from gravity-fed creek water. Participants enjoyed a barbecue after the tour, including a lamb locally raised by Cooper Kingdon, a young member of another large Indian Valley ranching family. Talk about water Chairman Russell Reid led the annual meeting, and talk about water issues was a common concern among members. Uppermost were state-man- dated fees for dischargers and polluters, a tag they have all been labeled with. Unfair, according to leader- ship, are the fees-per-acre charged regardless of whether or not pesticides are used that could seep into groundwater and creeks. Monitoring on Plumas and Sierra county creeks has been ongoing for five years. Data shows permanent pas- ture, grazing and haying have little overall impact on water quality, according to U.C.-Davis rangeland water- shed specialist Ken Tate, Ph:D. ..... He and Holly George of the University of California Co- operative Extension obtained a Proposition 50 grant for a special monitoring study that began in 2006. The valley sites where wa- ter quality data has been gathered since 2005 include i~ A group of us at school have experimented with drugs, and we even did meth. My friend . .g say she loves it because it makes her feel so powerful and alive. So now I'm scared that she will be addicted to it 'cos she can't stop using. She's already acting weird, and says she's going to drop out of school and move to Reno. What can I do, I don't want her to hate me. Call the Plumas/Sierra Crisis Line at i-877-332-2754 for support and referrals. Your friend needs some serious help right away. Crisis Line ~ Resource 283-4333~-~ Center 1-877-332-2754 or 283-5515 ~l A program of Plumas Crisis Intervention & Resource Center , Free information session on The Improvements to Medicare With Health Care Reform Provi&d by Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (I11CAP) ~cae~ ~ ~ ~..~ ~/=,~. Tues. Nov.9 201.0 1:00-- 3:00 pln held at: Northeastern Health Center 1850 Spring Ridge Dr. Susanville For more information call HICAP at 1-800-434-0222 _~. A ire, p.ldk s*nltt d: N~-I~mm |m~ Hedtk ~11~1~ Ilxllty kedtke~re. Y,~ tick,... Ow cemmitme~ Indian Creek in Indian Valley below Arlington Bridge, the Middle Fork of the Feather River in Sierra Valley above the Grizzly Creek confluence, and Spanish Creek in American Valley below Greenhorn Creek confluence. There are localized poilution issues though and watershed group leaders encourage partnerships between landowners and agencies such as the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, resource conserva- tion districts, the University of California Cooperative Extension and others. Grants are often available to help ranchers modify practices or add contrivances to mitigate pollution and erosion problems. Gt'oup eff6/~l~" in localized pollution isstmsrinclude rep- resentation at stakeholder and legislative meetings, special monitoring programs to pinpoint causes and others. What about rights? Plumas and Sierra county ranchers are concerned about the protection of their historical water rights when it comes to creek restoration projects. Indian Valley Director Brian Kingdon spoke about the issue during the board meeting Thursday, Oct. 14, in ~ Calpine. See UFRWG, page 5B Check Need help REPI NG