State orders Trinity County man to stop pumping water

Jul 20, 2015 3:53 PM by News Staff

A Trinity County man could be fined $10,000 a day if he chooses to continue pumping water from Hayfork Creek.

The State Water Resources Control Board issued a draft cease-and-desist order threatening to fine Mark Hodgetts, who has operated a water filling station on his property, which is adjacent to Hayfork Creek, since 2008.

The water board and Department of Fish and Wildlife alleges Hodgetts illegally pumped water from the creek and made bulk water deliveries throughout the North State.

Officials say that because the water filling station Hodgetts built has the ability to draw from either Hayfork Creek or the municipal supply for Trinity County Water, there is an ongoing threat of unauthorized diversion and use of water from Hayfork Creek.

Hodgetts has not filed a Statement of Water Diversion and Use with the Division of Water Rights for his riparian water use, nor does he possess a permit to divert and transport water for use off of the property.

The draft Cease and Desist Order requires Hodgetts to immediately stop his illegal use of water from Hayfork Creek, and to immediately disconnect the overhead fill station. Failure to comply could result in fines up to $10,000 a day.


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