Desperate to save plummeting water reserves in Lake Mendocino, a
Mendocino County water agency is lobbying the state to
dramatically reduce the amount that must be released downstream
into the Russian River for fish and people.
It looks as if the last oyster may finally be shucked at the
Drakes Bay Oyster Co. by the end of December, judging by what
both sides in the long legal fight over the future of the farm
said in federal court Monday. Then again, maybe not.
State water officials Tuesday will be considering new regulations
aimed at cracking down on people who have ignored orders to stop
diverting water from several California streams, including the
upper Russian River.
A state appeals court has restored the authority of California
water regulators to direct reductions in cold-weather sprays by
grape growers and other waterfront farmers along the Russian
River that have led to deaths of endangered species of salmon.