It finally happened ...
The 2011 Scott Valley Watershed-wide Permit is out. It is 150 pages long with at least 12 lines demanding your signature. Those who believe they must have this watershed-wide permit for protection need to take a cold, hard look at this excessive permit before signing. It is a contract between you and the State Department of Fish and Game.
Legal counsel for Scott Valley Protect Our Water has looked it over and said “Do not sign.” But don’t take POW’s word for it. Take it to your attorney with this explicit direction: Will this contract reduce my right to my water?
After seven years of wrangling and word-smithing, this is the culmination of two permits now entangled. Initially, the permits were created to protect the landowner-water diverter. But that “good intention” has flip-flopped. I truly believe this permit is dangerous. I looked over the 2011 watershed-wide permit and it looks daunting. We are being hoodwinked! Read more here.
We are a little agricultural valley
in the mountains of Siskiyou County –
at the very top of the State of California.
Scott River is located in Scott Valley over a range of hills from Interstate 5 near county seat Yreka.
Population in the entire Siskiyou County is 43,000;
Population in Scott Valley is roughly 5,000.
Scott River in June 2010 at the south end of Scott Valley. This is taken from the old dump road bridge near Callahan about a mile from where the South Fork and the East Fork of the river join and start heading down through the valley.
The snow pack in the mountains behind Mt. Bolivar was at 140 percent in 2010 winter and spring, which provided lots of water in May, June and July.
When the snow pack is melted, the river volume drops dramatically.
About Scott Valley POW –
Scott Valley Protect Our Water organized in June 2010 as an ad-hoc group of like-minded individuals, who have decided to stand-up against governments, its agencies and officials, when those governments, agencies and officials are invasive and threaten OUR Individual and Property Rights.
General meetings are open to like-minded individuals.
Those who do not agree with the Scott Valley POW Mission Statement are not welcome.
We say “NO” to those regulations that are attempting to destroy our Constitutional Rights.
We will not submit,
nor sign our rights away;
but rather, we will stand on those
with all the resources at our command.
Civil Disobedience is legal
We will be calm. We will be peaceful. But, we will support one another.
If the California Department of Fish and Game Wardens step foot on your property — with just a phone call to our Phone Tree — the word will be sent out and we will immediately drive to your property and stand with you — against these THREATENING government officials.
We realize that saying “NO” to a government official is civil disobedience, but once again we claim protection under the U.S. Constitution. Civil disobedience is legal and, in this instance, a healthy fix to out-of-control government agencies.
April 3, 2010 at the North end of Scott Valley. Bruce Walker had just turned over the soil for planting. Yep, that was another skiff of snow.
This is taken in just about the same spot, only this was the end of July after the field has been irrigated by wheel-line on and off for two months. Nice crop of alfalfa hay, Bruce and Lisa.
Protect Our Water – Scott Valley Central Committee
To contact the committee, please email:
Officers and committee chairs are as follows:
President – Craig Chenoweth – 530-467-4119
Vice President – Mark Baird – 530-468-5967
Secretary – Karen Dunford
Treasurer – Cyndi Baird
Coordinator – Liz Bowen – 530-467-3515
Posters – Elaine Dolcini
Research – John Menke
Nancy Carver and Tom Pease – Documentation of DFG Wardens contact with Water Right holders
Website tech – Christopher Liles
Fundraising – D*** Dews
Aug. 28 Auction – Rebecca Schenone-Chase
Jerry Bacigalupi – liason with Shasta Valley ranchers
WE share information regarding government issues that are affecting the agricultural land, irrigation water use and, ultimately, private property rights in Scott Valley.
We are a small valley in the mountains at the very top of the State of California, in Siskiyou County.
Photo by Pam Thomas
Our significant towns are: Fort Jones, population 600; Greenview, with no official boundaries may have a population of 150; Etna with 750 population; down to the old mining town of Callahan, which boasts a population of 50.
An larger number number of folks live outside the “incorporated” areas on ranches and subdivided smaller acreages giving Scott Valley approximately 5,000 residents.
Map of California. Siskiyou County is at the top border.
Red X marks Scott Valley.
One thing they all have in common and may not realize is the need for water; both for household use and irrigation of gardens and crops.
Many people have ideas on how to manage water, especially government agencies. This blog will share information regarding the encroachment on Water Rights and Property Rights in the 21st century — NOW.