On January 17, the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District Board voted unanimously to appeal the Humboldt County Planning Commission’s approval of a cannabis extraction and manufacturing facility just upstream from the intakes for the drinking water supply for more than 88,000 Humboldt County residents. On January 29, the District released its appeal and related documents.
Drinking Water for 88,000 People At Risk
“Water quality is critical to this community. We have got to err on the side of protecting this water,” said Director Bruce Rupp, who represents constituents in Eureka and Cutten. The HBMWD supplies water to the cities of Eureka, Arcata, and Blue Lake, as well as the Community Service Districts that supply drinking water to Cutten, McKinleyville, Manila, Samoa, Glendale, and Fieldbrook.
The District also voted unanimously to oppose the rezoning of the Mercer-Fraser property to “Heavy Industry,” since that change could allow a wide range of industrial manufacturing. The County maintains that other industrial activities would require a Conditional Use Permit – cold comfort from an agency that rarely rejects development and too often fails to enforce its regulations and conditions of permit approval.
The decision ultimately rests with the Board of Supervisors, which will consider the appeal and the rezone sometime in March.