But, there’s plenty of water. Huh?
The IPUD board meets on Wednesday, August 27 at 9am at the Inverness Firehouse. The public is invited to attend.
In a strange bureaucratic move, California’s State Water Resources Control Board, with unprecedented authority, has ordered that Inverness Public Utilities District declare a water emergency. Actually, Inverness has plenty of water.
The emergency mandate was not IPUD General Manager Scott McMorrow’s idea, but a one size fits all response from the state to deal with the severe California drought. McMorrow, like all other water district heads, has no choice but to recommend to the local water governing board at its next meeting that they comply with the mandate. And this mandate applies through April 25, 2015. At that point the state may extend or rescind it.
If you haven’t noticed, our little West Marin enclave is unique compared with other regions of California. For one thing, we don’t depend on the snow pack for our water supply. Inverness gets its water from local creeks that flow from Inverness Ridge. The water is then treated and stored. IPUD has various storage facilities sprinkled throughout Inverness that can store a total of 400,000 gallons. McMorrow says that this storage capacity is “not a lot- 5 to 12 days worth.” The stored water is then mostly gravity fed to individual homes. Available water that exceeds the storage capacity flows into Tomales Bay, “ a sort of use it or lose it situation” he adds. So far, the closely monitored creeks are doing well.
Normally at this time of the year – and with the severe lack of rain it’s clearly not normal – IPUD would gently remind people to use less water. Notices might go up in the post office urging Invernessians to stop excessive outside watering, or even think about plant triage – deciding which plants might have to be sacrificed. “We’ve never had to go beyond that,” McMorrow says. “The town is receptive to the informal approach. And on our end, we also try to be good neighbors”
So what does McMorrow recommend for the residents of Inverness? “People should exercise common sense and be conscious of water use.”
Monday June 30
Forest Knolls 7:49 am Resident detoxing from alcohol is having a difficult time. Reportedly she is yelling and throwing various small items around her residence.
Point Reyes Station 8:23 am Woman reported that someone had burned her truck seats and otherwise accessed her vehicle. This is an ongoing problem. Deputies reported that woman’s truck was fine, and that there was no evidence of vandalism.
Bolinas 11:35 am Neighbor reported that his neighbor has birds that make a lot of noise.
Inverness Park 11:40 am A man claims that someone came into his residence and used his electric shaver between 5-6 pm on Saturday evening. Man also states that there was toothpaste scattered around the house.
Point Reyes Station 1:34 pm. Man wanted to speak to a deputy regarding heroin sales in Marin. No further information given.
Forest Knolls 3:01 pm. Woman was reported missing from her house. Woman found and subsequently arrested for drinking in public.
Point Reyes Station 4:34 pm. A physical fight broke out between two older males because one of them was riding his bike on the sidewalk.
Inverness 6:42 pm. Neighbor called to report that loud music was coming from the church and that all of the neighbors were upset.
Tuesday July 1
Point Reyes Station 11:00 am Two men staying in a vacation rental to attend a wedding broke into rental cottage to steal alcohol.
Owner confronted men.
Inverness 12:26 pm. Woman reported that man living at the church is harassing her.
Olema 3:15 pm. Woman bus rider refused to exit at the bus stop, and ordered the bus driver to drop her off at the inn where she was staying so she could easily remove her bags. Bus driver did not comply, and woman got off the bus before deputies arrived.
Forest Knolls 5:41 pm. Woman who had been detoxing at her house now needs to be transported to the crisis unit. She is ‘flipping out’ and earlier assaulted an employee on another floor.
Wednesday July 2
Inverness 10:17 am A man reports that someone is perpetrating a Craig’s List internet scam.
Forest Knolls 11:35 am A woman who received plastic surgery and is unhappy with the results has been sending threatening emails to her plastic surgeon. Deputies checked in with woman.
Point Reyes Station 1:36 pm. A woman lying in the street in front of the post office smoking a cigarette is asking passersby to call 911.
Inverness 4:49 pm. Neighbor checked in on his neighbor and found her eating rotten fruit with the stove burners on. Deputies checked in with her and found everything OK.
Thursday July 3
Inverness 5:25 am Woman called to report that conspirators who have been talking to her since November have woken her up again. She stated she would be decent when deputy came by her house.
Tomales 9:22 pm. Wife called to have her husband escorted from her house.
Bolinas 11:24 pm. Dark brown cow found in roadway.
Stinson Beach 11:24 am Person reportedly bitten by a pit bull. Victim escorted to Marin General Hospital.
Friday July 4
Stinson Beach 2:06 am A Hispanic male adult was reported in woman’s bedroom. No property loss reported.
Bolinas 10:45 pm. Party reported having suffered a laceration from fireworks.
Saturday July 5
Inverness 9:02 am Dispatcher thought a woman had called and stated, “Yes, yes, I need help.” Man later called and stated that he had problems with his phone.
Bolinas 12:02 pm. Surfer boarding surfer suffered a head injury.