Humboldt County has an anomaly when it comes to water. We have way more than enough for our community. Just how much excess water? Enough to supply 3 times as much as California’s 40,000,000 residents can drink! The average person needs to drink about ½ a gallon a day and Humboldt has 21.9 Billion gallons of undefined use of excess water available. And here is the kicker no one wants to talk about; if Humboldt does not find an earmarked use for these excess waters by 2029 we will lose our rights to the water. “Use it or lose it” rules will come into affect sooner than we realize! Our biggest obstacle is transportation. We cannot ship, truck or fly out water cost effectively. Water based companies such as Hershey, Campbell’s and others have shown little interest and the Humboldt Municipal Water District has had more workshops than you can shake a squirt gun at. So what is the solution? I have suggested that excess water be used for the cannabis farms that don’t have adequate water supplies in Southern Humboldt. Having Mad River water augmenting natural water supplies I see as a win. Since you are not supposed to cultivate without adequate water supply makes this a mute point. But you know that people are growing and having water delivered every day up in the hills. Why not solve a few problems at once? How about an amnesty program that allows people to purchase Mad River water without having the obstacles of identifying uses. I just think it is time to revisit this subject before a tunnel is built to the Sacramento River to send our water to farms in the South that were also planted where they did not have adequate waters to grow.
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