Supes continue battle with state; unanimously approve Big Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan

Lassen County’s Board of Supervisors frequently disagree with decisions and determinations made in Sacramento that affect us living in the northeastern corner of the state, and they were not afraid to express their displeasure during a public hearing on the matter at Tuesday, April 9 meeting.

The latest skirmish involves the Big Valley Groundwater Sustainability Plan and concerns over whose calculations are correct — those made locally or those made by the state of California.

In an October 2023 letter, the California Department of Water Resources gave the county until April 23, to correct what it called “identified deficiencies” based upon its “incomplete determination” that the county’s staff report “does not satisfy the objectives” or state regulations.

According to a presentation to the board, the counties response will rely on more realistic empirical data to describe the overdraft issues with the aquifer.

While the state claims the aquifer is in overdraft danger, the county argues over the last 10 years the aquifer’s water level has been pretty stable and it’s necessary to use actual data to understand the state of the aquifer.

Naming of Historic Courthouse Conference Rooms
The board agreed to name conference rooms in the Historic Courthouse after local historical figures. The biggest conference room with be named the Dahle conference room after Brian and Megan Dahle. Brian Dahle is credited with arranging millions of dollars in state funding for the project. He also served many years as a member of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors. Another conference room will be named after Jim Chapman, the youngest mayor in state history who served more than 40 years in elected office before his retirement. Other conference rooms will honor Susan Roop Peter Lassen and perhaps an indigenous leader recommended by the Susanville Indian Rancheria.