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Diamond XX Lost & Found

2014 July 18
by Jim

Please note – this post will stay at the top of the stack.

Lost or found keys, cats, dogs, horses, or something else? Add a comment to this post and hopefully items and owners can be reunited!

Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Stagecoach Road Bride project

2014 July 18
by Jim

The Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Stagecoach Road Bride project is now ready for public dissemination. The county asks that we make the study available for comments to Diamond XX owners/residents.

You can access the document here.

Please post comments by clicking the “add a comment” link directly above this article. Your comment may not be publicly viewable right away – we have had some problems with spam so most comments need to be approved, which can take me a day or so if I am traveling. I will approve all comments as quickly as possible.

Thanks to Jeanne Kennedy for passing this along.

The Red Legged Frog Apparently Exists

2014 July 18
by Jim

Our neighbor Moya Garcia posted this comment, but I think it belongs on the front page!

FYI about the red legged frog blocking creek crossing. It really exists someplace. One more strike against a bridge.

California Red-Legged Frog Named State Amphibian

Sacramento, CA…California now has an official state amphibian: the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii),a state species of special concern. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked for many years to conserve and restore populations of this rare species….

Brownish frog with an orange back sits on a piece of wood in a wetland
A brownish-green frog with a reddish underside blends into mud and vegetation
A brown, black and coral-colored frog on multi-colored fallen leaves
Masses of purple eggs cling to vegetation in brown wetland water
By declaring the California red-legged frog the official state amphibian of California, the Legislature and Governor acknowledge the species’ important place in the ecology, culture and history of California. It also broadcasts and reinforces the state’s commitment to protecting its rare resources, which include amphibians.

Within California, it lives in various aquatic habitats from sea level to more than 5,000 feet in elevation, occupying a variety of aquatic habitats and their adjacent uplands in the coastal mountain ranges from southern Mendocino to northern Los Angeles counties and a few isolated areas in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has been lost from most of Southern California, but some populations still persist in northwestern Baja California, Mexico. The California red-legged frog is the largest native frog in the western United States. Amphibians, especially frogs, provide an important function in aquatic ecosystems by eating insects and being a food source for other animals. They are also excellent indicators of the environmental quality of an area.

This species is the highly renowned frog that Mark Twain wrote about in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County in 1865. They were abundant until the 19th century Gold Rush, when the human population suddenly tripled, and the “forty-niners” nearly ate them into extinction at a rate of approximately 80,000 frogs per year. When the over-consumption of California’s native frogs created a shortage, food sellers introduced non-native bullfrogs to replace them in the frog leg (food) market. Now those bullfrogs have become widespread, and compete for the same food source thus threatening the native frog species’ existence.

The California red-legged frog is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, which prohibits them from being “taken” (harassed, harmed, pursued, hunted, shot, wounded, killed, trapped, captured or collected). It also prohibits adverse modification of their designated critical habitat without adequate mitigation.

The primary threat to California red-legged frog populations has been habitat loss. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the frog has seen a 70 percent reduction of its former geographic range, primarily due to conversion or degradation of habitat.

“We’ve learned a great deal about our impact on California species and their environment during the past century,” said CDFW Senior Environmental Scientist Rhianna Lee. “These frogs are unique members of their native ecosystems and the food web, evolving together so that all the pieces support each other for long-term survival. Removing one or more of the pieces can have a negative effect on the health of the environment.

Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2364 (V. Manuel Pérez, D-Indio) into law June 28. The proposal for a state amphibian was made by an after-school club at Sea View Elementary School in Salton City. Third grade students suggested the designation in a letter to Assemblyman Pérez.

Details about the California red-legged frog are on the web at http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=D02D

Thanks Moya!

Missing your bull?

2014 June 30
by Jim

Our neighbor Cindy has it and would like to reunite it with you.

I HAVE A BIG BULL IN MY YARD, HOPING SOMEONE WILL CLAIM IT SOON HE IS BLACK HAS A TAG IN HIS EAR AND NUMBERS BRAND 508 or 588 HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP SOON

Please email Cindy at cindys8083@yahoo.com if it is yours or you know the owner.

Diamond XX Document Library

2014 June 10
by Jim

Hi all – just a reminder that this site contains a library of documents relating to the Diamond XX and related issues. You can always find the document library on the right side navigation area, in the Pages section. The latest document we have added is the July 7, 2003 resolution establishing the road fee and describing how it is calculated and collected.

Meeting Minutes from the May 31st meeting

2014 June 4
by Jim

For any who could not make the meeting, here are the minutes.

5-31-14 Road Committee Meeting Minutes

Road Meeting at the FIRE STATION, May 31st, 10am

2014 May 10
by Jim

See you there!

Road Meeting – Saturday, May 31st, 10:00am (place to be announced)

2014 April 26
by Jim

Jeane sends along this notice:

Your job: Let us know where pot holes are that need to be repaired.

We will be discussing spending funds on 3 major road projects: Horseshoe South, Cantle & Surrey

See you then,

Road Committee: Jeane Kennedy,  Bob Toynbee, Stan Barnes, Janet Sterling, Pieter Michels

Where did the I-Beam Singletree Crossing Disappear To?

2014 April 19
by Jim

Our neighbor Leo sent this to me:

The 20′ long 1′ wide I-beam at Singletree washout is gone.

Where is it, who took it, why?

It was used for crossing by multiple residents, it was quite helpful in

recreational activities, and helped kids to get places with their

bikes. Quality of life.

Missing one has slight bend to prevent rainwater standing in it. Like a

historic Asian bridge.

No assumptions yet whether someone sold it for scrap, made themselves as

raised bed, or some agency thought it wasn’t “to code”.

Looking for info, conversation before putting another one there.

If you cannot reply here, write to [noroadb4 then at sign then nrvr then

dot com]. More looking to prevent a repeat, not out to get anyone.

- Leo

Update from the Royal King Mine

2014 January 23
by Jim

I received this update from Adam Whitman at RKM:

Meridian didn’t get everything we wanted in this Basin Plan Amendment but we think that after 3-years and huge legal fees the Water Board has produced something we hope will provide regulatory certainty in the RMK site’s closure. To their credit, certain folks in the Regional Water Board worked hard on this too. We understand The Basin Plan Amendment to essentially authorize the Regional Water Board to say that there is salty water, some natural and some increased by mining, within some specific areas on the RMK site and that the overall impacts from mining are not significant enough to warrant any further action. This will  provide the Board with the legal authority to say it is OK for us to essentially continue doing what we have been doing for the last 7 years in order for Meridian to comply with the regulations over the long term. So the good news is that essentially no activity will change from what has happened at RMK in recent years. This project has been a lot of wrangling with multiple interpretations of regulatory definitions and analysis of technical data in order to change the verbiage in the Basin Plan to legally account for what many of us have known about the area for a very long time. Assuming this passes at the Regional and State Board meetings it will still be a VERY happy 2014 to have this issue resolved. We then will work on a “Comprehensive Management Plan” to complete formalizing what activities are to take place over the long-term at the site, followed by the Water Board issuing Final Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR’s) formalizing their requirements of how the Comprehensive Management Plan and monitoring be implemented. Using this last pace as a metric, that likely puts us into 2020 for completion of these two remaining permits! Haha! Please feel free to share any part of this with the rest of the neighbors, and post the Water Board’s notice link on the Diamond XX website. They are soliciting comments and as demonstrated in the public meeting held in Copperopolis, your comments can make a HUGE difference.

Water Board link

I hope that you had a great Christmas and have an even better New Year. Adam Whitman