Governor's appointments would fill water board
Three Humboldt County locals were appointed to the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, filling the influential board.
Among them are a rangeland professor, the chairman of the Hoopa Valley
Tribe and a dairyman. They will have to wrestle with ongoing conflicts
over logging and with issues related to water quality in the Klamath,
The board has not been filled in years, and at times has struggled to maintain a quorum.
Heidi Harris, 34, of Salyer, is a lecturer in range development and
improvements at Humboldt State University, and a range consultant
for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation
Dennis Leonardi, 49, of Ferndale, owns and manages Leonardi Dairy
and has been a member of the Humboldt Creamery Association since 1977.
A Republican, he holds a bachelors in dairy science and husbandry
Clifford Lyle Marshall, 48, of Orleans, is tribal chairman of the
Hoopa Valley Tribe. Previously, he was a lecturer of law at the University
of California, Los Angeles. He holds a bachelors in social science
The other Northern California appointee is Sari Sommarstrom, 55,
of Etna, principal of Sari Sommarstrom and Associates, a natural resource
consulting company, and is a co-owner of GrowPro Inc. She is a member
The positions require Senate confirmation. The compensation is $100 per diem.
Board Assistant Executive Officer Luis Rivera welcomed the chance to work with a full board.
"We feel that it is a good thing in terms of having the appropriate diversity for these decisions," Rivera said. "We're looking forward to working with the board as it's newly constituted."