Support of Millview Water Right Declined

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors this week voted to not send a letter supporting Millview County Water District’s bid to maintain a water right the state may revoke. Last month, the State Water Resources Control Board issued a draft order revoking License 5763, stating that the “water has not been put to useful or beneficial purpose for a period of five years or more.” Ken Budrow, president of the Millview County Water District’s board of directors, told the Mendocino board that the water license, allowing Russian River diversion, could provide 5,800 residents with 200 gallons a day. He added the water could also be used to help other districts such as Redwood Valley County Water District, which currently has cut off agricultural users. The majority of the board decided not to support the letter because they didn’t want to be put in the middle of a water right fight.” The state water board will accept public comments on the water license revocation until Friday, May 9th.