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Page 10, Cloverdale Revellle, January 29, 1997 SULPHUR CREEK slides up stream. Dr. Van Der Weken believes most of the ma- terial is coming from a steep canyon wall on the south side of the creek. The gravel is filling up the creek, making it shallower and causing the rushing water to spread out, thereby creating ex- tensive erosion to the banks of the creek. According to Bob Morrison of the Sonoma County Water Agency, the Agency is prepared to provide support services - like securing right-of-way, use per- miLL, and permits from theArmy Corp and Department of Fish and Game to carry out the dredg- ing. Shamrock Sand and Gravel has agreed to do the work, as they did after the 1995 flood, in exchange for the aggragate ma- terial. The County has agreed to start right away on the permitting process that would allow dredg- ing next summer. There is con- cern, however, that the permit- ting procedure with the Corps and the DFG may be difficult because of the recent listing of the Coho Salmon as threatened and the proposed listing of Steel- head as endangered. Another resident in the area, Teresa Sauger, who lives west of the bridge, on the north side of the creek was far less satis- fied with the official response to the levee problem. The levee alongthe north side of the creek was breached in 1995 and is being eroded away by the action of Big Sulphur Creek. The road to Ron and Teresa Sauger's property is on top of the levee, and they fear access to their property may be cut off if deterioration is allowed to con- tinue. According to Morrison of the SCWA, his agency has no record of ever taking over maintenance responsibility for the levee. The levee was built in the 1930s, before the agency existed. After the agency was formed in the 1950s it took over responsi- bility for many levees along the river that were built by local districts or by the Army Corps of Engineers. "In this case, we did not exist at the the time the levee was constructed. If it was turned over to the Department of Pub- lic Works, we should have ac- quired it, but we don't have a record ofacquiringit," Morrison explained. He also explained that this part of Sonoma County does not have a"zone tax" which is needed for construction of projects. Re- building the levee would be con- sidered a construction project, he said. "The agency has no money in a fund anywhere earmarked for that type of project," he said. "It's a difficult thing. I feel bad for those folks. It's not real clear cut what we can do with that levee. All I can say is we are working on it." Morrison also said he has been tryingto contact the Army Corps of Engineers on this issue. According to Sauger, she has been in touch with the Corps, and they have sent her a letter stating they had inspected the levee in 1994 and notified the County that it needed repair. Under Public Law 84-99, ad- ministered by the Corps, the levee should be eligible for an 80 percent funding match from the Federal government for repairs. The trick is finding out if the County, either under the De- partment of Public Works, or the Road Department, is respon- sible for the levee, or the SCW_ Records are scarce and no one at this point seems to know. All Teresa and Ron Sauger know is that storm by storm they are seeing their property threatened and there is still no help in sight. FIDDLERS Ranch; second, Colt Tipton of Stanford; third, Paul Shelasky of Phelan; fourth, Will Trevor of Redding, fifth, Jesse Kincaid of Mill Valley; sixth, Brian Carlisle of Santa Rosa. Old Time Division: first, Hugh- ie Smith of Bakersfield; second, Sam Sloan of Anderson; third, Dennis English ofSoquel; fourth, Mike Drayton of Santa Rosa; fifth, Henry the Fiddler of Seat- tle; sixth, David Garelick of San- ta Rosa. Art.Deems, 74, won the trophy for the oldest contestant and the top accompanists were Vern Baughman, first; Sam Sloan, second and Carlo Calabi, third. ( CLOVERDALE " ,,, . = #f" - Sale Prtces Effective 1/29/97-2/4/97 The nru M&M'S CHOCOLATE CANDLES For the Holidays, 16 Oz Plain or Peanut 99 in Town! RIVI|RA SOUl. 19 Oz' Assorted SUDAFED COLD & COUGH F. Or COLD& SINUS, 10 Liquid ,,i,;,,,,D. Caps; Or SEVERE COLD .... FORMULA, 12 Tablets or Caplets TISSUE White or Pretty Prints VlCKS Cherry or Original, 10 Oz or 29 '  DAYQUIL or NYQUIL, 20 Li(:luicaps LUE FROM THE NAME YOU DEL MONTE VEGETABLES Fresh Cut, 11 to 15.25 Oz SCOPE MOUTHWASH AND GARGLE S . 36 OZ, Assorted S&W TOMATOES 14.50Z, Assorted 00ono ;ee { Werda iifer Nic