Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Nov. 19 @ 12:14 p.m. / PSA
Residents in Arcata, Eureka, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook-Glendale, Humboldt Community Services District, Manila, and McKinleyville are being asked to, at the very least, not powerwash their dirigible hangars.
KHUM spoke with Carol Rische, Humboldt Bay Municipal's Water District's general manager about your NoHum water.
According to a press release from The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District:
Due to a major valve replacement project, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) will be temporarily shutting off the water supply to their customers on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013.
HBMWD will coordinate with their seven Municipalities to have all water storage reservoirs completely full going into this event. With full reservoirs, water supply will be maintained to residents and businesses during the valve replacement project. However, given that HBMWD cannot supply additional water, all residents and businesses in the Humboldt Bay region are urged to conserve as much water as possible on Nov. 20. The valve replacement project is anticipated to take 14 to 16 hours to complete.
Short version: Go easy on that water tomorrow. We should be fine, but if there's, say, a large fire we're gonna need what's already in the reservoir.
Long Version: Most of NoHum's residents get their water from the Mad River. The contraption below burrows 60+ feet into the gravel beneath the river bottom and slurps your shower water up into the system.
Rische told us that the system is 50 years old. They say it's working fine, but failure is inevitable without proper maintenance. Enter these massive new valves (below). The water is pumped to HBMWD's 'customers,' whom you pay for water: cities, communities, etc.
The good news is that Eureka has water for days, said Rische. "Eureka has the most reservoir capacity compared to their demand and I believe, please take it as 'I believe,' they could last four or five days if they didn't get a refill from us."
Conversely, Rische said that some communities, (e.g.: Arcata, Blue Lake, Humboldt Community Services district) aren't quite as prepared.
"They might have one or two days" before needing a refill, she said. Since they didn't build adequate reservoir capacity, those residents can feel free to out-conserve those more storage-happy cities.
Rische said tomorrow's shutoff should be fine. "We just hope no one's going to know about it and the next day it'll all be business as usual with new valves that'll last us another fifty years."
Call HBMWD at 443-5018 or your localwater district for more information. Their office is located at 828 Seventh Street in Eureka.
Previously: Let It Mellow On Wednesday
Mike Dronkers / Thursday, Nov. 14 @ 2:24 p.m. / PSA
They need to shut the water off to install new valves. Your civic duty may involve showering with a friend or skipping it altogether. Surely you can come up with your own water-saving tricks (do share).
Luckily, this shutoff doesn't fall on World Toilet Day, also next week.
According to a press release from The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District:
Important Public Notice:
Water Conservation Required
Due to a major valve replacement project, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) will be temporarily shutting off the water supply to their customers on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013.
HBMWD will coordinate with their seven Municipalities to have all water storage reservoirs completely full going into this event. With full reservoirs, water supply will be maintained to residents and businesses during the valve replacement project. However, given that HBMWD cannot supply additional water, all residents and businesses in the Humboldt Bay region are urged toconserve as much water as possible on November 20th. The valve replacement project is anticipated to take 14 to 16 hours to complete.
According to HBMWD General Manager, Carol Rische, “The two valves scheduled for replacement are now 50-plus years old.” Rische added, “The valves are connected to a 30-inch transmission pipeline which supplies water for the entire regional water system. One valve has failed and the other is difficult to operate. While it is not an emergency situtation, it is a project that needs to be completed to ensure HBMWD can continue to provide reliable, high quality drinking water to the community.”
HBMWD provides water to the following Municipalities:
· City of Arcata 822-5951
· City of Eureka 441-4267
· City of Blue Lake 668-5655
· Fieldbrook-Glendale Community Services District 443-5018
· Humboldt Community Services District 443-4559
· Manila Community Services District 444-3803
· McKinleyville Community Services District 839-3251
If you are served by any of the Municipalites above,HBMWD requests that you reduce water use as much as possible on November 20th.
The valves being replaced are located in West End Road. West End Road will be closed to through traffic between 8:00 a.m. and midnight between the 7200 and 7300 block. This is approximately 1.3 miles east of Guintolli Lane. Residents who live east of 7270 West End Road must exit and reenter using Hatchery Road to the east throughBlue Lake.
Call HBMWD at 443-5018 or your localwater district for more information. Their office is located at 828 Seventh Street in Eureka. More information is available on their web site,www.hbmwd.com.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 12:46 p.m. / PSA
According to a Press Relase from the McKinleyville Organizing Committee:
McKinleyville Holds a Public Meeting on November 13 to Unite Around Central Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
A new grassroots organization calls for public officials to commit to Central Avenue safety at community meeting
The McKinleyville Organizing Committee (MOC), a grassroots organization representing more than 100 McKinleyville families, will host a “Community Action Meeting” on Wednesday, November 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the Church of the Joyful Healer, located at 1944 Central Avenue, in McKinleyville.
MOC member Pastor Steve Lundin of the Church of the Joyful Healer states, “The MOC talked to around 300 McKinleyville residents about their concerns for their community. The common thread among hundreds of McKinleyvillites is their desire to make Central Avenue safe for walkers and bikers. Every day we don’t act is another day we might lose another community member on Central. The time is now to come together and find a solution and make this street a safer place for all of us.”
Debbie Jansen, a 25-year resident of McKinleyville and a member of the MOC, adds, “Residents of McKinleyville who can’t drive because of their age, disability, or economic situation, or who prefer to walk or bike, should be able to move up and down the town’s main road safely.”
The Action Meeting will provide an opportunity for McKinleyville residents to voice their concerns, share the results of their research process, and ask the public officials present to make public commitments to begin a process of community input and design on Central Avenue that will include walkers’ and bicyclists’ safety. Tom Mattson, Director of the County Department of Public Works, Supervisor Ryan Sundberg, of the Humboldt Board of Supervisors, and Ben Shepherd, Chair of the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC) have confirmed their attendance at the meeting.
In Spring 2013, the State Department of Transportation awarded Humboldt County approximately $800,000 for a safety project on McKinleyville’s Central Avenue. When the project was presented to McKinleyville as a central median, local businesses and the McKMAC opposed it on the grounds that a median would obstruct business, and a public input process was never initiated.
The McKinleyville Organizing Committee formed as a group of concerned community members in May of this year. The MOC then conducted hundreds of interviews and selected pedestrian and bike safety as its first campaign. Through research and talks with public officials on the subject, the McKinleyville Organizing Committee found a solution for moving forward with a safety project that incorporates public engagement. That solution will be presented to the public on November 13.
The McKinleyville Organizing Committee is part of the Humboldt, Del Norte, & Adjacent Tribal Lands Organizing Network, which follows the PICO (People Improving Communities Through Organizing) model of community organizing. The MOC’s relationship-based method of organizing supports community members to become community leaders by building relationships across socio-economic boundaries, conduct research to identify obstacles and solutions and negotiate policy changes with decision-makers to address issues most important to local residents.
UPDATE: It turns out that this event is sponsored by the Humboldt Area Foundation, whose executive director is Lost Coast Communication's largest shareholder. See the comments below, which brought this fact to our attention.
Mike Dronkers / Wednesday, Nov. 6 @ 2:43 p.m. / PSA
Breakups are the worst, right? Maybe you could de-spurn your heart in the comfort of others, since some do-gooder* on Craigslist appears to be organizing a local breakup support group. Here's the description:
"Moving on is important to me. I feel like I've learned a lot from the relationship (both good and bad) and while it still hurts and there's still so much confusion, ultimately I just want to be happy. If that means without him, then I want to start making that happen. Going out with friends is one way for this process to take place.
So why don't we go out with each other & make a group out of it ? We can talk about what we're going through, but also share ways we're able to move forward. (How about over a beer?)"
Given the great things craigslist has facilitated through online connections, maybe this could be one of them.
*Update: People are interested! the group is forming!"
*We can't vouch for this person's character, but we do applaud those who use the internet for good over evil.