New Water Requirements For Loggers

California regulators have expanded water reporting requirements for logging companies in response to the state’s ongoing drought.
The California Board of Forestry now requires the companies to disclose how much water they extract from any stream in the state for dust control. The requirement previously applied only to streams where salmon or steelhead fish were present, The Sacramento Bee reported on Thursday.
The practice of spraying water for dust control is known as water drafting.
It is intended to protect plants, animals and people from dust generated by logging trucks.
The forestry board’s executive director, George Gentry, said officials don’t want to see already low streams depleted further, which could have a serious impact on fish and users downstream.
“We have to be very cautious about how much water we pull out right now,” Gentry said.
The new requirement applies only to new logging plans.