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Ruth Lake water use options on Board of Supervisors agenda

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EUREKA- Two water studies meant to increase use of Ruth Lake water reserves will be reviewed at the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting.

The Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District will present their findings Tuesday on potential water pipeline routes transporting water out of county. The district currently uses less than 20 percent of its state permitted water supply now that there is no water demand from county pulp mills. Because of this, the district could lose a significant portion of its water rights when they expire in 2029 if they do not find additional uses for the water.

In the pipeline study, the district looks at options to transport water to areas in Southern Humboldt, along with out of county destinations in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Along with the water transport option, the district will also consider releasing instream flows in the Mad River to increase water consumption and benefit the environment.

The Humboldt County Supervisors are not set to take action on the findings Tuesday but say they are beginning to address related water issues in the General Plan Update. They will continue to do so into the new year.