Posted 10-5-10 - Camanche Resevoir Release Schedule Updated . Current release rate 800 cfs (cfs= cubic feet per second). For more information CLICK HERE.

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Posted 8-24-10 - P.G. & E. seeks permit for PUMPED HYDRO to store energy on the Mokelumne River  "Through a system called pumped hydro storage, water from one reservoir can be released into another downhill, turning turbines along the way and generating electricity when the state's power grid needs it. Then, when the grid has ample energy, the water is pumped back uphill, to wait until it's needed again".  For the entire read from the SF Chronicle CLICK HERE.

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Posted - 8-20-10 EBMUD in partnership with the US Fish & Wildlife Service will continue the spawning habitat improvement project in the lower Mokelumne River.  The project is located in the Mokelumne River Day Use Area and involves adding approximately 6,000 tons of washed gravel to the river.  Gravel size is selected for optimal spawning for Chinook salmon and steelhead.  The placement is based on a model developed with the assistance of researchers from UC Davis.  In addition to controlling flow, all dams halt the transport of sediments (including gravel) downstream.  As a result, salmon spawning substrate can be reduced over time.  Since its inception the project has significantly contributed to improved conditions for salmon within the river. Over the last 5 years well over 50% of the salmon redds (nests) have been built in enhancement gravel areas. The multi-year spawning habitat improvement project will significantly add to the available spawning habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead within the lower Mokelumne River.  For more information regarding this project contact:  Jose Setka, Supervising Biologist, EBMUD Fisheries & Wildlife Division at (209) -365-1467.

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Posted 8-16-10 - Alex Hildebrand who turns  97 this October retires as the consulting engineer to the South Delta Water Agency, known as an engineer &  farmer Hildebrands knowledge of California water politics, policy, and fluid dynamics comes at an opportunistic time for our Gubernatorial candidates to get a quick gut check from a man who's probably forgotten more about California's water supply,  politics, population growth, food production and economics then they will ever know as they dive head first into California's extremely shallow pool of water.  With a normal year of precipitation and relatively mild summer we have all but forgotten the water wars, million boat float, protest marches in the valley, Delta fly-overs from Secretary of the Interior, etc... and a state budget that was held hostage by politics last year for a water deal that is now delayed.   Last weeks move to delay the Prop 18 vote this November until 2012 is denying voters a true voice in the economics of conveyance facilities, without conservation and regional oversight and control.  Knowing voters are weary of budget deficits, the economy and out of control spending Arnold and Darrell saved it to spin another day, but for who....

 For a great read from Dan Aiello and the California Progress Report CLICK HERE

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Posted 8-10-11 - Town Hall Meetings scheduled with Representatives Dan Lungren and John Garamendi in their districts this summer. They need to hear from their constituents. Please attend and urge them to support National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne River.   For information detail and more information:  CLICK HERE

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Posted 8-2-10 –  SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 25th - MOKELUMNE RIVER CLEAN-UP.  Sponsored by Cal-Waste, EBMUD, Jackson Rancheria.  More information to follow.

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Posted 7-14-10 – Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail – Pathways to Progress slide show everything you want to know about the trail, how to get involved or who to contact.  CLICK HERE  Also visit the Mokelumne Coast to Crest web site for more information at www.mokelumnecoasttocrest.wordpress.com

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Posted 7-14-10 - EBMUD says The Future is Underground - Aquifer to be injected with 1 million gallons per day (1,250 Acre Feet).  The site is located in San Leandro to read the article from the San Leandro Times CLICK HERE

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Posted - 7-12-10 - "And during the wet years they lost all memories of the dry years"   An editorial by Dr. Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute a view on comprehensive groundwater monitoring, management and state control.  To read the article CLICK HERE.

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Posted - 6-30-10 - Should the Public Trust Doctrine extend to Groundwater ? - The Bay Delta Blog looks at a lawsuit filed by Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) and the Environmental Law Foundation against the State Water Resources Control Board and Siskiyou County, based on that exact idea of using the public trust doctrine to regulate groundwater.  Surface flows in the Scott River basin, which are hydrologically interconnected to the groundwater resource, have been depleted as more groundwater has been pumped.  To read the entire article CLICK HERE.

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Posted 6-18-10 FROM WOODBRIDGE IRRIGATION DISTRICT - Growers who have riparian or pre-1914 water rights must report to the State Water Resources Control Board or face fines and penalties before July 1, 2010 documenting water use in 2009.  Workshops for growers to complete the Statement of Water Diversion and Use form.  The new requirement is that all riparian and pre-1914 water rights must file these statements.  Growers who hold permits or licenses are already required to file.  San Joaquin County is holding workshops will be at the Cabral Ag Center in Stockton and on June 23rd and June 29th .  This information is being provided by the Woodbridge Irrigation District as a service to the public.  Andy Christensen, Manager

For more information CLICK HERE

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Posted – 6-17-10 - Thoughts From Bill Ferrero from Mokelumne River Outfitters on River Safety -  I thought I would share some info and observations as I spent four days last week on the river fishing. As usual, weekdays are pretty quiet and the few folks I saw on the river were mostly kayakers and employing life vests. The weekends, however were a bit more crowded. I talked to several groups of rafters and tubers about the “Kid’s Don’t Float” life jacket program and about wearing life jackets. For the most part, people were somewhat receptive to the concept but others seemed to shrug it off. One group admitted that the jackets didn’t look “cool”. Cool really applies to the water in the river which is averaging about 55 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause Hypothermia. For your general information, Hypothermia is defined as having a core body temperature less than 95 degrees F or 35 degrees C. Hypothermia symptoms usually begin slowly. As you develop hypothermia, your ability to think and move often becomes clouded. In fact, you may even be unaware that you need help. As your thought process is impaired, you fail to realize that you are becoming colder. Your vital organs need warm blood to function so the blood from your arms and legs flow back to your torso. Try to swim when your arms and legs stop working. Once you get cold, it can be very difficult to get warm again.  The flow had decreased this last week from 1400cfs to 800cfs by last Sunday. Even with the lower flow, the water is cold and that section along the Scanlon Memorial just above the Mackville Road Bridge is a real trap and very treacherous for tubers and rafters. The best rules for floating on any river are:

1. WEAR A LIFE VEST.  2. Use a paddle to steer your water craft.  3. Don’t tie-up together. If one person crashes, everyone crashes.  4. Don’t drink alcohol.  5. ALWAYS STAY TO THE INSIDE OR MIDDLE OF ANY BEND IN THE RIVER. The outside bends always have strong current and lots of obstructions and low-hanging branches called “sweepers”.  

Last week, I had to rescue people from two separate life-threatening situations just below the memorial for Cody Scanlon who drowned there in 2009. None of the three people we rescued had life jackets on. They risked their lives, the lives of their family members who tried to assist with the rescue, and my life. Had these folks followed the five rules, they would have avoided what could have been a tragic event.  More than anything, have fun, please be safe, and please don’t litter. A relaxing day floating the Lower Mokelumne River can be a great experience. Alcohol, hot sun, and cold water can be a deadly combination.  Bill Ferrero - Mokelumne River Outfitters

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POSTED 6-14-10- Mokelumne RIver Adventure Challenge - Chris Heath won the Iron Person category with an overall time of 1 hr 37min 32 seconds, Jr. Iron Person Category - Andrew Barton with an overall time of 2 hr 4 m 35 s and Team Macchia Winery with an overall time of 1 hr 49 m 35 sec.   To get an idea of the days events we put together a short movie of still photo's from the event, to view CLICK HERE.

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POSTED 6-4-10 – THE GROUND RULES ON GROUNDWATER - A movement is afoot to establish state-level management of groundwater resources.  As part of the 2009 water deal, the Legislature approved a new regime of monitoring and reporting of groundwater depths in all basins statewide.  To read the whole briefing report from the Republican Caucus CLICK HERE

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POSTED 6-4-10 - Boaters and those wading in the Sacramento River are being urged to use caution this week as flows coming out of Shasta Dam are up, the result of water managers trying to make room for warm spring storms expected to hit the north state over the weekend.  To read the whole story CLICK HERE

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POSTED 5-28-10 - On this Memorial Day weekend if you’re heading out to the Mokelumne River, or any local / regional water ways the abundance of spring snow melt is keeping the Mokelumne and all rivers running cold and fast.  The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued the following warning.

THE COMBINATION OF WARMER TEMPERATURES AND A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WILL ENTICE MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE TO WATER ACTIVITIES.  RECREATIONALISTS ON AREA RIVERS.. STREAMS.. AND RESERVOIRS SHOULD TAKE GREAT CARE IN AND NEAR THE WATER AT ALL TIMES.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT DURING THE SPRING SNOW MELT SEASON WHEN WATER TEMPERATURES ARE VERY COLD AND THE FLOW CAN BE FAST AND DEEP DURING THE LATTER PART OF OUR SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER THE WATER IN OUR AREA RIVERS, STREAMS, AND RESERVOIRS IS BEING FED DIRECTLY FROM THE MELTING SNOW PACK.  THE RECENT COOL WEATHER HAS SLOWED THIS MELTING OF THE MOUNTAIN SNOW PACK.  PEAK FLOWS FROM THE SPRING SNOW MELT ARE NOT EXPECTED UNTIL MID JUNE, WITH MOUNTAIN RIVERS AND STREAMS LEVELS CONTINUING TO RISE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. HOWEVER OUR RIVERS AND STREAMS ARE STILL RUNNING HIGH, MEANING THAT THEY ARE RUNNING VERY FAST WITH UNFORESEEN SWIFT MOVING CURRENTS AND COLD WATER.  WATER TEMPERATURES THIS WEEKEND AND FOR MUCH OF JUNE WILL BE IN THE LOW 50S IN LOWER ELEVATION RIVERS, STREAMS AND RESERVOIRS.  COLDER WATER TEMPERATURES WILL PERSIST IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS RANGING IN THE MID TO UPPER 40S.  ANYONE CAUGHT IN THESE COLD AND SWIFT MOVING WATERS UNPREPARED CAN QUICKLY EXPERIENCE HYPOTHERMIA.  HYPOTHERMIA IS A SUDDEN LOSS OF BODY TEMPERATURE THAT CAN BE FATAL.  WARNING SIGNS FOR HYPOTHERMIA INCLUDE UNCONTROLLED SHIVERING, MEMORY LOSS, DISORIENTATION, INCOHERENCE, SLURRED SPEECH, DROWSINESS, AND APPARENT EXHAUSTION.  HYPOTHERMIA IS AN UNSEEN DANGER THAT CAN STRIKE QUICKLY.  MONITOR CHILDREN CLOSELY AS HYPOTHERMIA CAN OCCUR FASTER IN CHILDREN THAN IN ADULTS. PEOPLE RECREATING IN AND NEAR WATERWAYS SHOULD WEAR LIFE PRESERVERS AND CHILDREN TWELVE AND UNDER ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO DO SO.  LIFE PRESERVERS SAVE LIVES.

Mokelumne River Temperature at Camanche Release is 14 degrees Celcius or 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit.  Flow Data can be reviewed by CLICKING HERE. 

Life Jackets provided by the “KIDS DONT FLOAT” program can be picked up at Mokelumne River Day Use Park, Stillman Magee Park or Clements Fire Station.  Park users are asked to return the life preservers to any of the three above listed locations.

How Can you help:  Cash donations are accepted.  Checks may be made payable to; Clements Fire District, P.O.Box 523, Clements, Ca. 95227.  There is also a need for new or gently-used life preservers.  If you wish to contribute, life preservers may be dropped off at:  Clements Fire District, 18901 east Highway 88, Clements.  Thank you in advance for your support of this program have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend.

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Posted 5-27-10 NSJWCD _ Regular Board Meeting Set forTuesday, June 1.
Posted on Wednesday, May 26 2010 The regular board meeting of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District Board of Directors will be held at 8:30 AM, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at the Lodi Community Room of the Lodi Public Library, 201 West Locust Street, Lodi, California.  Agenda items include; Consider adopting resolution 2010-2011 Appropriation Limit.  Receive Grand Jury Report on the District and provide responses.  Receive report on Tecklenburg Recharge Project and consider a plan for secretarial assistance.  The public is invited to attend and participate

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Posted 5-11-10 - NSJWCD Needs our support for MEASURE C ! - Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for May 12.  The Board of Directors of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District will host a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the Lodi Grape Festival grounds in Burgundy Hall.  Thomas Harter from University of California, Davis will make a brief presentation on the success and benefits of ground water recharge as it relates to San Joaquin County. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The audience will be invited to participate.

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Posted - 5-4-10 - Editorial Piece from MokelumneRiver.COM - Water is such an important issue today. That’s why I’m coming out in support of Measure C. We need to keep local control of our ground water basin and keep State, Federal or other local agencies at an arm’s length. If someone with outside interests gets involved, things will change quickly for the worse. We also need to find ways to put surface water to use.  Beneficial Use is the criteria when determining and keeping water rights.  (Article X, Section 2 of the California Constitution), requires all use of water to be “reasonable and beneficial.” These “beneficial uses” have commonly included municipal and industrial uses, irrigation, hydroelectric generation, and livestock watering. More recently, the concept has been broadened to include recreational use, fish and wildlife protection, and enhancement and aesthetic enjoyment.  I don’t care if it is used as irrigation water to keep farmers from having to pump, sold to the City of Lodi to keep them from pumping, or allowed to settle into the ground through recharge basins. Utilizing surface water is the only solution to the problem of a receding aquifer.  Measure C is clearly a step in the right direction, and one I will support but you should decide for yourself. The Yes on C committee has posted a new web page at www.voteyesc.com. Take a good hard look at it and get informed. Learn why Measure C is important and the background behind it. And learn what smoke screens the No on C people are blowing in your face. It’s pretty obvious they are offering no solutions to what I consider a very real, very serious problem.

Vote yes on Measure C.

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Posted - 5-4-10 - DWR - Increases Water Delivery allocations to 40 % to read the entire DWR NEWS RELEASE CLICK HERE

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Posted - 4-24-10 - EBMUD ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PULSE FLOWS - Beginning April 27, 2010 flows on the Mokelumne River will be ramped up to 1,500cfs to provide a pulse for out migrating juvenile Chinook salmon and maintain required flood control space within Camanche Reservoir.  The flow will be ramped up over a three day period and will be maintained at approximately 1,500cfs for two days before being slowly ramped back down over the month of May.  The pulse flow not only provides a cue for smolting (transition from freshwater to saltwater living) salmon to start their journey to the Pacific, but it also coincides with a  period of reduced Delta exports. Ultimately, the goal of the pulse and other management strategies is to maximize the survival of Mokelumne River juvenile Chinook salmon migrating through the Delta, while at the same time maintaining operational requirements related to flood control space. Planning for the flow management involves not only EBMUD, but partners including CDFG, USFWS, NMFS and WID.  Detailed information regarding EBMUD flows can be found at www.ebmud.com.  

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Posted - 4-5-10 - Lodi - Nominations for the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed Stewardship Award are being accepted through Thursday afternoon.  The Award recognizes individuals and entities that have shown outstanding leadership, responsibility and activism in the preservation of the Lower Mokelumne River Watershed.-  To read more on the award and the nomination form CLICK HERE.

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Posted 4-5-10 DWR - State Publishes California Water Plan Update 2009 - To read the Press Release and a link to the document CLICK HERE

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Posted 4-5-10- NSJWCD Town Hall meeting Tuesday April 6th at Pisano Room at Hutchins Street Square 6:00 pm.

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Posted 4-2-10 Heritage Oak Winery benefit concert to benefit BSA Troop 291 check out the recreation Page.

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Posted 4-2-10 - Moving Beyond Myth in California Water - A commentary from the PPIC (Public Policy Institute of California) Great Read CLICK HERE.

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Posted 4-1-10 - DWR - Increases State Water Project SWP allocation to 20 % - To read the DWR Presss Release CLICK HERE

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Posted 3-15-10 - Recent rains easy East Bay Drought Fears ?? - The mandated rationing measures that were halted last year in August.  And as the story states "  Thanks to downpours like the one we saw Friday, the water district said the area is in great shape. "   While the District encourages conservation the hard reality is mandatory conservation causes revenue shortfalls, which is the bigger picture.  What if the scenario this winter was different.  Wouldn't water users in the East Bay been better off with an on-going Mandatory water conservation system in place.  I encourage you all to read the whole article from the CBS 5.  CLICK HERE  As the post on 2-22-10 points out the water moving South isn't our problem its the water moving West.Posted 3-2-10 - Bill aims to stop Farmers from selling Water Pacts read the whole story from the Fresno Bee CLICK HERE

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Posted 3-2-10 - The J-Mack Ferry returns to service read the whole story from the Sac Bee - CLICK HERE

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Posted 3-1-10 - The Dam is up and Lodi Lake should be filled by Wednesday - To see some great photos of the dam and lifting bags check out our facebook page CLICK HERE

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Posted 2-25-10 - Stockton East Water District Blasted by CSPA for Taking Calaveras Steelhead - The California Sport Fishing Alliance began drafting a lawsuit against SEWD, asking the State Board and NMFS to take action:  To read the full press release CLICK HERE.

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Posted 2-22-10- Great Read on Mokelumne River Water /  IRCUP.   Water moving West not South To read the article from the Ledger-Dispatch CLICK HERE

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Posted 2-19-10 - Stockton Record Article on the Mokelumne River Adventure Challenge - To read the article CLICK HERE

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Posted 2-19-10 - LODI LAKE TO FILL - GET YOUR PADDLE ON ! The Woodbridge Irrigation District will begin filling Lodi Lake on Monday, March 1, 2010.  The filling of the Lake is annual occurence in preparation for the upcoming irrigation season.  During the fill, the JSA downstream minimum flow obligation will be met while providing for optimum fish passage.  We have requested that EBMUD release an additional 150 CFS from Camanche Reservior to minimize the time require to fill the Lake and maintain fish passage.  To Read the NOTICE CLICK HERE

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Posted 2-3-09 - Lodi City Council Unanimously Approves First Mokelumne River Adventure Challenge - To see the Power Point Presentation given to City Council CLICK HERE

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Posted 1-31-09 - DWR good rain good snow still need a ways to go - Read the DWR press release on the SECOND SNOW SURVEY.

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Posted 1-19-2010 - Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Sacramento - Has just committed to being the Mokelumne River Adventure Challenge National Benefactor, not only does this alliance bring about much needed awareness and research dollars for Type 1, Juvenile Diabetes but this alliance means that their regional resources in the Sacramento & Valley area will be made aware of  this event and bring much needed exposure to finding a cure and helping Mokelumne River Adventure Challenge be an event destination.  THANK YOU JDRF !

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Posted 1-17-2010 – Advisory Committee Sought by  N SJWCD - Board of Directors invites District water users to join a small group created to advise the Board on District policy matters. Formed after the 2007 hearings on the groundwater charge, a small group ( less than six ) under the guidance of Robb Hoag, has met a few times to discuss various policy matters. The advisory group will meet at times set by Mr. Hoag. Any resident or owner of property within the District may participate. Those interested should contact Mr Hoag at robbhoag@gmail.com

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Posted 1-17-2010 - Interim Director Sought to Replace John Ferreira -  NSJWCD Board of Directors announced they are seeking a replacement for out going Director John Ferreira who has resigned.  The position will be filled by appointment by the Board for the remainder of Ferreira’s term, set to expire in November of 2012. At that time, the appointed director may decide to run for a full term or not.   For a full over view of requirements and how to apply CLICK HERE TO VIEW

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Posted 1-05-09 - SWIM-RUN-PADDLE - CHALLENGE THE MOKELUMNE - The Mokelumne River Adventure Challenge - Has been proposed to the City of Lodi Parks and Recreation Department this First Annual Challenge is being brought to you by Mokelumne River Adventure Company and is intended to be the catalyst in develop awareness to the existing aquatic programs at Lodi Lake and develop new self funding, revenue generating aquatic programs, to fully utilize Lodi's crown jewel.  To view the power point presentation given to the City click on our logo.

To View the COURSE MAP on FACEBOOK and sign on as a FAN

FOR DIRECT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SEND AN E-MAIL TO

INFO@MOKELUMNERIVER.COM

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Posted 1-4-09 – EBMUD -FINAL FISH COUNT ON THE MOKELUMNE -  Final Chinook Salmon number will 2206, still a couple of stragglers, but not many.  The hatchery had 1,548 and approximately 658 in-river spawners.

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Posted 1-04-10 - Department of Water Resources ( DWR) - First snow survey of the 2009/2010 winter season indicates snow water content is 85 percent of normal for the date, statewide. This time last year, snow water content was 76 percent of normal statewide.  DWR PRESS RELEASE

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Posted 12-28 -09 NSJWCD Special Board Meeting - A special meeting of the Board of Directors of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District has been scheduled for 8:30 AM on Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Lodi Library Community room located at 201 W. Locust St in Lodi.  Among other agenda items will be: Reception of letter of resignation of Board member John Ferreira, dated December 7, 2009.  Consider action on class claim for refund filed against NSJWCD by Scanlon and Dry Creek Ranch Golf Club, Inc.   Consider amending the District’s petition to the State Water Resources Control Board to call for use of District water within the District’s boundaries.  Consider Incentive Program for Dual System Installation by District Irrigators  (Tabled at December 1, 2009 meeting).

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Posted 12-17-09 - Andy Katz Director, EBMUD & Chair, Sierra Club California - Blogs on his trip to Copenhagen for the International Climate Negotiations Conference - CLICK HERE

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Posted 12-16-08 - Property Rights - Not So Private Property; Clean Water Restoration Act Raises Fear of Land Grab-

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Posted 12-14-09 - NASA - Data Reveals Major Groundwater Loss in California Heartland  - NASA JPL

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Posted 12-11-09 - Senate Bill 787 The Great Water Heist - Watch the Video

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Posted 12-2-09 – L.U.S.D. OBVIOUS CHOICE  to Recycle Storm Water to Groundwater Recharge – I have had Cecil’s concept in my head for some time and I like that he has presented to the N.S.J.W.C.D., and hats off to Jordin Guinn and the Lodi News Sentinel for keying on the positive side of the meeting.  Point Source pollution from storm water run-off is the number one contaminant for our rivers and streams.  Now look at the current need to replenish our diminishing groundwater basin and its pretty easy to start connecting the dots.  Percolation through the earth down into the aquifer is possibly the best filtration system for cleaning storm water run-off.  If you look at the City of Lodi 2005 Urban Water Management Plan Table 2.2 Large Water Customers at the top of the list you will find Lodi Unified School District roughly 2.7% of the total system as of 2005.  Now who do you think has the most Square Footage of roofs within in the City of Lodi?  Without measuring it for sure I would venture a guess that L.U.S.D. is in the top two.  Combine L.U.S.D. roofs with the City’s or County Federal Stimulus Funds to pilot a re-charge program focused on the largest roof’s / collection area’s and now we are on to something.  Lets take this idea to the next level e-mail info@mokelumneriver.com to start a grass roots effort.

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Posted 12-1-09 - NSJWCD - The NSJWCD Board of Directors met Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at the Lodi Public Library Community Room at 8:30 AM. The meeting was attended by Directors Ferreira, Mehrten, Hoffman, Beck and Pilkington. Watermaster Weinzhiemer, Manager Steffani and Attorney Harrigfeld were also present, along with approximately ten community members.  The Board took action on a revised "dry year" budget for the 2010 water year, omitting $120,000 from Manager Steffani’s proposed non-project budget of $584,000 to bring it into balance with anticipated income.  The board reviewed a Dual System Incentive Program proposal but took no action. The proposal was tabled pending more work. Several board members voiced concerns over the suggestion that the policy be retroactive and include current surface water users who have already installed dual systems.  In other items, discussions of groundwater re-charge utilizing storm water run-off from roofs, into dry wells was met with enthusiasm and may well (pardon the pun) be worth looking into.  A look at the Public Policy Matters Publication Capturing Urban Storm Water Runoff - A Decentralized Market Based Alternative - a good read for those in doubt of the value of roof water, also and the idea to build French Drains / Dry Wells, let the ground do the filtration as it does naturally and enhance our groundwater at the same time.  Storm water run-off is the number one point source for pollution in our rivers and streams.

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12-1-09 - KIDS DON'T FLOAT - Program is building speed check out the article in the Lodi News Sentinel - In other news the County Board of Supervisors is still pushing forward with the Ordinance which should take effect January, 7th to read the whole ordinance click here.

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Posted - 11-15-09 - The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District will host a Town Hall meeting on November 17th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held at Burgundy Hall on the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds, located on Lockeford Street in Lodi, between Cherokee Lane and Calaveras Street.  The program will be largely informational. Included on the agenda will be a presentation by a representative from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, who will discuss efforts there to recharge their ground water aquifer. As well, there will be as presentations by two local agencies, the San Joaquin County Ground Water Banking Authority and the Mokelumne River Forum regarding ground water recharge activities in San Joaquin County. NJSWCD Manager, Ed Steffani, will also make a brief presentation on current and future projects. The program will conclude with a question/answer period directed to the District’s Board of Directors.  For more information on the NSJWCD.

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Posted -11-15-09 - "There is no more cheap water" - Voice of San Diego article on water costs, historical & future.  Good read CLICK HERE

 

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Posted - 11-10-09 - National Academy of Scientists to conduct independent study of Biological Opinions - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said that the independent study will examine what exactly is causing the changes to the Delta Ecosystem, and will review recent biological opinions protecting Delta Smelt.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

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Posted - 11-10-09 - 2009 Comprehensive Water Package - Summary of Water Bills & Bond Summary - Official version issued by the Department of Water Resources CLICK HERE

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Posted 11-2-09 – GROUNDWATER MONITORING its coming, keep your eye on this part of the proposed legislation package. -  As the Democrats and Republicans slug it out in our capitol, Lawmakers this week were presented the 2009 Delta/Water legislative package, a series of bills folded into one large measure known as SBX7-1, (click here), if your so inclined to read the introduced legislation the groundwater monitoring provision located in Chapter 4 MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Section 69, part 2.11 this packaged was submitted by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.  One change would require counties to start monitoring groundwater.   Currently under the package of bills it does not regulate groundwater it seeks only to monitor its use to enable better management and decision making to maintain a reliable water supply in the state.  Every state in the West monitors groundwater levels but not California and you can bet that any comprehensive legislation will include some form of monitoring.  In California water rights is a private right that goes with ownership of the property, although this right can be adjudicated by a court and monitored that way.  Currently the Democrats have offered a compromise, the state will mandate the counties to monitor groundwater supply, but they will let the locals figure out how to get private property owners to volunteer the necessary data ? 

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Posted 10-22-09 Woodbridge Irrigation District Board approves Water Transfer to Stockton – In a unanimous decision the Board approved a Water Purchase Agreement with the City of Stockton.  The agreement which is a 40 year deal is comprised of two phases.  Phase I would include deliveries of up to 6500 AF/yr of Mokelumne River water commencing upon completion of Stockton’s new water treatment plant (WTP) associated with the Delta Water Supply Project (DWSP).  This water would be used by Stockton to replace water that was planned for diversion from the Delta under the DWSP, but which is anticipatein d to be unavailable due to regulatory restrictions from recent rulings to protect endangered fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta likely to be enforced during springtime months, including March through July, constraining the amount of water that could be withdrawn by Stockton to meet municipal and industrial demand.  Phase II of the water transfer would include additional allocations of up to 6,500 AF/yr from WID to Stockton that would be made available as a result of continued urban expansion of Stockton into area’s presently served by WID, in order to replace water that was planned for diversion under the DWSP, but will be unavailable due to regulatory restrictions.  Under Phase II, for each acre of agricultural land retired from WID service and incorporated into community development associated with Stockton, 3 AF/yr of additional water would be made available to Stockton for transfer.  This additional water would only be available to Stockton during periods when WID has surplus water available for transfer.  Conservation measures occurring within WID, including changes in cropping patterns and conversion to drip irrigation by growers in the District, as well as conversion of land within the WID service area from agricultural to municipal and industrial uses, makes the water available for transfer.  

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Posted 10-20-09 - Newest section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail opens – On October 14, 2009 the newest 2.7 mile section of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) was completed and opened to the public; making 28.1 miles of continuous MCCT available for hiking and horseback-riding on EBMUD lands!  Hikers will be able to access this new segment of trail from the Middle Bar Take Out parking lot and the Rich Gulch Trail Access Point. This section stretches between James Bar and Middle Bar Bridge. Roughly paralleling the river in an elevation range between 600 and 750 feet, the trail is a less rigorous trek than some of the sections farther to the west. Equestrians will still need to access this section from the Campo Seco Staging Area, as trailer parking is prohibited at the Middle Bar Take Out parking lot and the Rich Gulch Trail Access Point due to the limited parking and inadequate access roads.   As with all of EBMUD’s trails, access must be gained through one of the staging areas and requires a valid EBMUD Trail Use Permit. Trail permits, MCCT & China Gulch map, and the latest issue of the Mokelumne Monitor Newsletter, the Mokelumne Trailbuster volunteer program is available for viewing online at:  Click Here

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Posted 10-14-09  EBMUD votes to keep Pardee Expansion in its Water Plan - District board voted 4-2 yesterday to include options for a new Pardee Dam in its 2040 water plan. At the same time, the board voted 6-0 to work with foothill interests to secure National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne River.   ........................................................................................................................................................

 

Posted 9/21/09 – PULSE FLOW FROM CAMANCHE – As posted back in May, EBMUD will be conducting a Pulse Flow Event from Camanche Dam to help jump start the fish run, beginning  October 3rd and continuing through the 24th with the largest flows occurring on October 6th, 7th,  8th , 9th, & 10th,  Daily increases will be no more than 400cfs and will occur in 200cfs increments (one at 0800hrs and one at 1400hrs).    Click Here to see the dates and expected flows.  Enjoy the Water ! ........................................................................................................................................................

 

Posted 9/19/09 - Mokelumne River Clean-Up Day - many teams of volunteers headed out from Lodi Lake this morning team Mokelumneriver.com hit the water at 8:15 and was one of the last teams to check in.  Garbage collected varied from numerous beer bottles and cases, broken up styro-foam, tennis balls, cooler jugs a plastic drum along with a rim and tire and many shreds of small white plastic ????    Our most interesting find of the day wasn't trash we encountered a Geo Cache which is a water tight container with a pencil and paper sign in log of those who have found it and documented the find, it is then left for other GPS enthusiasts to find..... its still out there in its original position.  We determined the source of the mysterious small shreds of white plastic and unfortunately this will continue to be an issue in the Mokelumne River.  The bank repair at the Pigs Lake area is in serious disrepair what was to be a short term fix is failing miserably and causing plastic to be shredded and carried down the river.....  More on this situation to follow.   Check out the pictures I want to give a hearty THANK YOU to my ship mates Connor, Maria and David.  Tally-Ho bottle on the starboard side, man the net. 

From left to right David, Connor & Maria......THE CREW

Pigs lake repair in disrepair and polluting the River !

GEO-CACHE FIND ! 

ONCE AGAIN THANKS TO CONNOR, DAVID AND MARIA AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS THAT MADE THIS A SUCCESSFUL EVENT.

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Posted 9/18/09 - Sean Hannity visits Central Valley and calls on the President to TURN ON THE PUMPS !

WATCH THE VIDEO'S

Note: press the play button (red button) on the far left underneath the picture to begin viewing the segment.

First segment: The Valley Hope forgot

  

Second segment: How crop crisis is affecting produce

  

Third segment: Schwarzenegger responds

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Posted 9/16/09 – SENATOR COGDILL OFFICE - Our state’s crumbling water system must deliver water to an increasing number of people, businesses and communities as well as the agriculture industry and farms.  Without vital water improvements to the state’s water infrastructure, California ’s public safety and economic prosperity are in jeopardy.  Simply put, the water crisis is at a breaking point and immediate action must be taken to help Californians who are suffering as a result of this drought.  The Governor’s administration is moving forward with my request to expedite the Two Gates project, which will help increase the state’s water supply and contribute to job creation and retention.  News of the Governor’s actions could not come at a better time as the Valley braces for a third year of a drought during the worst recession since the Great Depression.   While the Governor’s swift action is an important step to help in the near-term, there’s still more work to be done on a long-term solution to the state’s water woes.  I have introduced legislation called the Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act.  This comprehensive proposal not only protects the fragile Delta, but also encourages effective management of California ’s water resources including improved infrastructure for storing and conveying water.   To read more of the proposed Safe, Clean , Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act SB 371 CLICK HERE

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Posted 0\9/16/09 – BILL JENNINGS / CSPA RESPONDS TO ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE PRAISE OF FAILED WATER BILLS to read the whole response and its lengthy CLICK HERE

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Posted - 9/16/09 - MOKELUMNE RIVER CLEAN-UP – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH - A fun and productive day of cleaning along the banks of the Mokelumne River!  River cleanups improve the water quality of a river or stream and much more.  Cleanups develop a sense of “river community,” identify negative impacts to the waterway and educate participants about the values of watersheds for recreation, fish and wildlife habitat…all while having fun! Two locations to choose from on Saturday, September 19, 2009  First Area - Mokelumne River Day Use Area, 25800 North McIntire Rd, Clements,  Main Parking Lot 8:00 a.m. for sign-in, munchies & coffee.  Advanced registration is required as space is limited.  Contact Dave Johnson at (209) 772-8337.  Second Area - Middle Bar Bridge Take Out, From Jackson, Middle Bar Rd., From Paloma, Gwin Mine Rd. 8:00 a.m. for sign-in, munchies & coffee.  Advanced registration is required as space is limited.  Contact Steve Diers at (209) 772-8260. There is no charge for this event.  Bring your family, work gloves, canteen, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Please wear good walking shoes/boots and a hat (long pants are recommended).  Flotation devices are strongly recommended for children working close to the water’s edge.  If you plan on boating down the river to Stillman Magee Park bring your boat and flotation devices, no inflatable rafts please. Be at the Mokelumne River Day Use Area at 8:00 A.M. We would like to be on the water by 9:00 A.M.  Drinking Water Provided   A barbecue will be held at Mokelumne River Day Use Area following the clean-up activities.  There will be a Question and Answer session with the EBMUD Fisheries and Wildlife staff about the fish and wildlife and restoration efforts on the Mokelumne River.

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Posted 9/8/09 - Secretary of the Interior responds to Gov. letter - Salazar disappointed that the Governor blames agency's scientist for California water woes.  To read the whole letter click here.

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Posted 9/8/09 – From The Office of Sam Aanasted – Issued after water committee hearings today. “While the alleged purpose of this committee has been to craft a bipartisan, comprehensive solution to the state’s water crisis, this failed process is nothing but a dog and pony show. Since February, Republicans have engaged in the workgroups and a multitude of joint hearings set up by the majority party. What’s currently on the table does not reflect any Republican input. Republicans presented sound, thoroughly crafted alternatives to the unbalanced bill package on the table. These common-sense proposals, which would go a long way toward protecting the fragile Delta while also ensuring a reliable water supply for all of California, have been summarily dismissed.  The current process will likely produce new government bureaucracies but no new water. This only continues a culture of failure. Liberal Democrats are preventing common-sense Republican and moderate Democrat proposals from receiving a fair hearing or even a vote. The clock is ticking – we need less talk and more action to truly solve the state’s water woes.”

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Posted 9/3/09 – Mokelumne River & Lodi Lake -  Kathy Grant the City of Lodi’s Watershed Education Coordinator released the 2009 Lodi Lake / Mokelumne River Secchi Disc student monitoring results from July's annual event.   In summary,  Lodi Lake’s visible water quality has not significantly changed since monitoring began in 2001.  Conversely, the river has shown improved Secchi disk visibility to read the full report CLICK HERE

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Posted 9/2/09 – Restore the Delta Poll on Peripheral Canal - As expected, many voters have no opinion when asked simply: “Based on what you know today would you support or oppose construction of a Peripheral Canal in California?” But one third (34%) of all voters in California initially say they oppose the canal while 39% are undecided and only 28% indicate support.  To read the whole report CLICK HERE.

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Posted 9/2/09 – Governor Schwarzenegger is calling on the Obama administration to intervene in California's water crisis.  The Governor sent a letter demanding response to requests from earlier this year on easing environmental regulations.  Which has caused cut backs in pumping leading to devastating economic conditions in various central valley communities.  To read the Governors letter CLICK HERE.

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Posted 9/1/09 – NSJWCD – GIVES NEW MEANING TO WATER BOARDING – In regular session today the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, voted in a 1-1-2 vote to appoint Mark Beck to the vacated seat by Fred Weybret.  Richard Prima and Martin Church each received a vote while Mr. Beck, garnered two votes and went from the frying pan into the fire.  As the Board continues to wrestle amongst each other to establish continuity in its mission and communication to serve the residents and constituents, much time is wasted on minutia of the past.  While no one would doubt each individual member of the Boards own beliefs that they have or are currently acting in the best interests of their constituency valuable time is lost which could be put to better use, on real issues and decisions facing the District, one such item that received less attention than it was due was a draft agreement with San Joaquin County to provide water for the Micke Grove Recharge Project, while discussed hastily, one question which was not asked is why is this agreement with the; Mokelumne River Water and Power Agency, why not just San Joaquin County?  The Mokelumne River Water and Power Authority mission is to develop a project on the Mokelumne River that would increase the quantity and reliability of regional water supplies and hydropower.  This is the MORE Project, and according to its own web-site The MORE WATER Project is needed to assure sustainable water supplies for current and future residents. Almost 700,000 people currently reside in San Joaquin County, a figure that is expected to double by 2040.  While I do not necessarily agree with the diversion of all “Flood Flows” for the obvious reasons of the over all health of the Delta and its current exports, the MORE Project has a huge potential benefit to the constituents of the NSJWCD.  This water that could potentially be diverted by NSJWCD to the Mokelumne River Water and Power Agency and be put to beneficial use is ultimately a municipal water use not an agricultural or recreational use as discussed and should be priced as such.  The concept of providing the water even at a pro-rated rated amount to allow the re-capture of capital investment at time when the District is scrambling for funds would not be a prudent decision by this Board.  For a quick education on the MORE Project click here

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POSTED 8/28/09 – BDCP - “Four public workshops are scheduled for the Delta in September to review and discuss
the draft conservation measures for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). They will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, in Brentwood; Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Stockton; Saturday, Sept. 26, in West Sacramento; and Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Walnut Grove. The
workshop invitation, annotated agendas for each workshop, and Draft Conservation Strategy Chapter 3 are available
here.”

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Posted 8/25/09 – NSJWCD – The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District met today in special session to interview candidates for the position of retired Board Member Fred Weybret the meeting was open to public.  Candidates were questioned by the existing Board Members for there thoughts on gambit of issues from how they would handle un-true stories, meeting times, how to finance the districts aging infa-structure, do they believe we have an overdraft situation in our groundwater basin, is water truly being wasted in the Mokelumne River, during wet years, should all customers share in the cost of re-charge equally.   While most of the questions were forward looking, there still is underlying tension, from perceived past actions.  All the candidates are extremely qualified and their answers reflected each of the candidates strengths.  The Board has a tough decision ahead.  The chosen candidate will have to run for the seat next year when Fred Weybret term officially expires.   Each potential candidate has been contacted by MokelumneRiver.com to provide their own Bio for a guest Blog.  Candidate Richard Prima has provided his vision for the NSJWCD and I encourage all to read it.  CLICK HERE.    ........................................................................................................................................................

 

Posted 8/24/09 - Candidates for the NSJWCD - MokelumneRiver.com if offering you an open forum, a guest Blog to highlight your vision for the NSJWCD, its position in the IRCUP, MORE Water project and your knowledge / position of SB 229 Pavley.  Submit to info@mokelumneriver.com they will be posted and sent to the site distribution list.   

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Posted 8/24/09 - From the Office of Senator Codgill -  Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto) today issued the following statement after the Pacific Legal Foundation submitted 12,000 “Save our Water, Save Our Jobs” petitions to the Schwarzenegger and Obama administrations.  The petitions urge the federal Endangered Species Committee, also known as the “God Squad,” to intervene in the state’s water crisis.   “Valley farmers and farm workers, particularly on the west side, need water and they need it now.  The ‘God Squad’ holds the key to ending this man-made drought by restoring the flow of water that provides food for the world and the livelihood for thousands of Central Valley residents.  I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects the continued drought has had on our communities. I applaud Congressman Radanovich for taking a leadership role on this issue.  I hope the federal government hears the cries from our Valley to turn on the pumps immediately.”  For the past three and half years, Senator Cogdill has carried legislation to implement comprehensive reforms to California’s water supply and delivery systems.  This year, he introduced the Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2009.

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Posted 8/19/09 – FROM THE CALIFORNIA PROGRESS REPORT - Battle Lines Drawn on Water: Issues of Conveyance, Governance, and Financing,  ARTICLE: http://tinyurl.com/lo8m7h  While this is a good over view of the five bills before our legislature, I encourage all to read the report which is sited in this article; California Water Solutions Now Report 2009 which was a collaborative effort of 20 agencies including, CSPA, Restore The Delta, and 20 other environmental agencies, utilizing authenticated studies and data produced by the Department of Water Resources, the Pacific Institute and Planning and Conservation League.  This study does not address the Precautionary Principal for conveyance for water in the Delta and water deliveries anywhere if a catastrophic event occurs.  It does however look to overhaul all the California Water Rights as we know it. Its final bullet point in the Executive Summary;  California must overhaul its existing, piecemeal water rights policies, which already over-allocate existing water and distribute rights without regard to equity.  To read the entire report CLICK HERE.

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Posted 8/19/09 - From Senator Cogdill on the Current Water Bills - While I’m happy to debate a complete solution to California’s water crisis, we must not accept a piecemeal approach to this urgent problem. This complex problem deserves a comprehensive solution that not only protects the fragile Delta, but also encourages effective management of California’s water resources including improved infrastructure for storing and conveying water. What’s currently on the table falls short of a full solution and will not do enough to protect jobs lost, particularly in my district, nor will these proposals achieve the goal of water supply reliability in order to meet California’s growing demands for water now and into the future.”  This afternoon, Senator Cogdill joined Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, members of the Latino Water Coalition, as well as hundreds of farmers, farm workers, Central Valley elected officials, community leaders and carpenters at a Capitol news conference to urge lawmakers to quickly adopt a comprehensive water solution.

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Posted - 8/17/09 - MOKELUMNE RIVER CLEAN-UP – SAVE THE DATE SEPTEMBER 19TH - A fun and productive day of cleaning along the banks of the Mokelumne River!  River cleanups improve the water quality of a river or stream and much more.  Cleanups develop a sense of “river community,” identify negative impacts to the waterway and educate participants about the values of watersheds for recreation, fish and wildlife habitat…all while having fun! Two locations to choose from on Saturday, September 19, 2009  First Area - Mokelumne River Day Use Area, 25800 North McIntire Rd, Clements,  Main Parking Lot 8:00 a.m. for sign-in, munchies & coffee.  Advanced registration is required as space is limited.  Contact Dave Johnson at (209) 772-8337.  Second Area - Middle Bar Bridge Take Out, From Jackson, Middle Bar Rd., From Paloma, Gwin Mine Rd. 8:00 a.m. for sign-in, munchies & coffee.  Advanced registration is required as space is limited.  Contact Steve Diers at (209) 772-8260. There is no charge for this event.  Bring your family, work gloves, canteen, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Please wear good walking shoes/boots and a hat (long pants are recommended).  Flotation devices are strongly recommended for children working close to the water’s edge.  If you plan on boating down the river to Stillman Magee Park bring your boat and flotation devices, no inflatable rafts please. Be at the Mokelumne River Day Use Area at 8:00 A.M. We would like to be on the water by 9:00 A.M.  Drinking Water Provided   A barbecue will be held at Mokelumne River Day Use Area following the clean-up activities.  There will be a Question and Answer session with the EBMUD Fisheries and Wildlife staff about the fish and wildlife and restoration efforts on the Mokelumne River.

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Posted 8/12/09 – FEDS PROMISE TO BE A FULL PARTNER - ????  - As the Bay-Delta Plan (peripheral canal) moves forward.  The Feds in its meeting today with the DWR committed to being a full partner with the state.  Hayes referred to the Delta as an ecosystem of national significance and said its environmental collapse would need to be addressed with along with current water cutbacks.  With the collapse of the Salmon runs and other species on the brink of extinction, ancient levees and the inevitable need to re-plumb the water supply to 20 million plus Californians, as well as restore the eco-system of the delta.  The water bills that will be addressed by the lawmakers in the coming weeks will impact every Californian for generations.  The Delta as we know it is now in the National Spotlight.  Get involved, be vocal, think locally plan and act regionally.  North vs. South, Fish vs. Farmer, when we think WAR there are no winners.

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Posted 8/11/09 - SACRAMENTO, CA –Washington is coming to Sacramento to discuss our water issues.   U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes and the Director of California Department of Water Resources Lester Snow will hold a public meeting to discuss California’s water challenges and Delta related issues on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at the  Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn 312 J Street Sacramento. -  CLICK HERE FOR THE MEETING AGENDA

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Posted 8/9/09 – SPOTLIGHT ON THE DELTA-  article in the SF Chronicle; check it out http://tinyurl.com/nswa2u  More information on the five bills when our legislature returns, the water wars are just starting to heat up.  One of the Bills SB 229 Pavey will have long reaching impacts, this bill would strengthen monitoring of groundwater use as well as water diversions from rivers and streams.  Then there  is SB458 Wolk & Davis - The bill would establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy to protect the environment and economy of the delta community.  I don’t know about everybody else but don’t we have organizations currently working on that www.restorethedelta.org / www.foothillconservancy.org / www.calsport.org / www.mokelumneriver.com / do we need to have a state /government organization formed to watch over this issue, seems like the rest of the states interest isn’t aligned with ours to begin with.  “Fox watching the hen house “

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Posted 8/9/09 – DWR also looks at a DELTA TUNNEL interesting article in the New York Times !  Check it  out at;  http://tinyurl.com/lpmb3

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Posted 8/8/09 – Take Place in the Million Boat Float August 16-17 - The event is sponsored by the Sportsmen Club in Antioch, Restore the Delta, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, Organic Sacramento and other organizations.  The two day event will start with a float up the Sacramento River from Antioch on Sunday, August 16, 9 a.m. Yachts and small boats will join the fleet from different staging points as it moves up the river.  The event is planned as the Department of Resources is planning to begin drilling at 16 locations on the Sacramento, Mokelumne and San Joaquin Rivers for possible intakes for the canal. Opponents say the canal will only exacerbate the unprecedented collapse of Central Valley salmon, delta smelt, longfin smelt, green sturgeon, Sacamento splittail, American shad, striped bass and other California Delta fish populations.  For more information go to http://www.millionboatfloat.org

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Posted 8/7/09 - EBMUD Water Supply Management Plan 2040 Update - EBMUD is planning for the future with an update to the Water Supply Management Plan for 2040.  The Board of Directors developed a “preferred portfolio” for meeting our water needs over the next 30 years.  The portfolio includes increased water conservation programs, recycled water projects, rationing during worst-case droughts, securing water transfers and groundwater storage, desalination, and expanding Pardee reservoir with a new dam.  The proposal to expand Pardee Reservior would flood 1200 acres, including a six mile riparian and scenic stretch of the Mokelumne River that is used for whitewater recreation and fishing.  I support managing our water supply relying on groundwater storage, recycled water, rationing in worst-case droughts, and increased investment in conservation programs to avoid the environmental impacts of a new dam that would destroy our natural resources.  Public involvement is essential to achieving an environmentally responsible water plan that reflects the values of our community.  I encourage you to participate at our upcoming workshop and communicate your views to the Board:  Board of Directors Workshop -Water Supply Management Plan 2040  - Tuesday August 11, 8:30am – 11am - EBMUD: http://tinyurl.com/WSMPInfo  Foothill Conservancy http://www.foothillconservancy.org/pages/pardee.cgi

If you are unable to attend the workshop, you can contact your representative on the Board at 510-287-0404 or by e-mail by going to: http://tinyurl.com/EBMUDe-mail

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Posted 8/5/09 - (SACRAMENTO) If they manage the water the same way the managed the budget, I’d suggest grab a bucket and start hording water.  From the Web sites of both Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Baldwin Vista) today announced  .”  “Our first priority when we return in August is to restore the draconian cuts to Health and Human Services.  Our second priority will be to take the next major steps on fashioning a set of solutions to our state’s water challenges: fixing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; establishing enforceable water conservation standards; better managing our groundwater and surface water supplies; providing funding for those new investments needed to bring the state’s water system into the 21st century,” a series of public hearings to review and adopt legislation to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and create a more reliable water supply for California.  “Twenty five million Californians—two thirds of our state –rely on the Delta for their water supply, so it is vital we ensure the Delta’s reliability and quality,” Bass said. “The legislature will be conducting a thorough and open process to review all the issues involved in protecting the Delta and the water it provides, in restoring this priceless estuary and in following up on the recommendations of the Governor’s non-partisan Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force.  It is our hope that this process will provide crucial progress on this issue that is so important to millions of Californians and to the state’s economic health Steinberg said.   Here is a list of the Bills to keep an eye on CLOSELY

AB 39 (Huffman)—Delta Plan
AB 49 (Feuer-Huffman)—Water Efficiency
SB 12 (Simitian)—Delta Stewardship Council
SB 229 (Pavley)—Delta Interim Actions, Water Rights, Groundwater
SB 458 (Wolk)—Delta Conservancy, Delta Protection Commission Revisions

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POSTED 7/28/09 -  MILLION BOAT FLOAT – To show opposition against the BDPC plan to start drilling in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Mokelumne Rivers is planned to read more from the Sac Bee CLICK HERE

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Posted 7/23/09 - At the recently concluded California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting, party leaders voted to support National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne River and oppose the expansion of Pardee Reservoir.  To read the full story from the Bayne Blog CLICK HERE.

 

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Posted 7/23/09 - Interim Director Sought to Replace Fred Weybret - at a Special Meeting, held July 21, 2009, the NSJWCD Board of Directors announced they are seeking a replacement for out going Director Weybret. The position will be filled by appointment by the Board for the remainder of Weybret’s term, set to expire in November of 2010. At that time, the appointed director may decide to run for a full term or not.

Qualifications: 1) Live within the area to be represented. 2) Be willing to commit time to attend meetings. 3) Have some experience and an interested in local water issues. Area to be Represented: Interested prospective board members must live in District 1, which encompasses the city of Lodi generally east of Ham Lane, Acampo east to Kennefick Road, east on Acampo Road and south on Dustin Road, across the Mokelumne River to just south of Harney Lane and west back to Ham Lane. The boundaries are approximate.  Demands on Time: Applicants should be aware that the Board meets quarterly, on the first Tuesdays of March, June, September and December at 8:30 AM. Special meetings are frequently called. These are usually held on Tuesdays at 8:30 AM as well. Some evening meetings will also be required.  As the NSJWCD Board also participates in other associations and advisory groups, such as the San Joaquin County Water Advisory Board, The San Joaquin County Groundwater Banking Authority, the Mokelumne River Forum and the San Joaquin County Eastern Water Alliance, the application should expect to participate at some level here as well.  To Apply: Send a written Statement of Interest with your background, description of experience in water issues and vision for the district. Include name, physical address, mailing address and contact information.  Mail Statements of Interest to the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, P.O. Box 428, Clements, CA 95227. A specific deadline has not been set, but it will be approximately Aug. 21. Applicants should expect to interview before the District’s Board at a designated time and place after this date.  For further information, call General Manager Ed Steffani at 712-5034.

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Posted 7/15/09 – THE BIG DIG STARTS – Department of Water Resources DWR announces drilling for the Peripheral Canal starting as early as next month – DWR plans to drill into approximately 16 locations in the Delta to explore for possible intake sites for the canal.  Drilling will take place in the Sacramento, Mokelumne and San Joaquin Rivers, with the majority taking place on the Sacramento River between Walnut Grove and Freeport.

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Posted 7/13/09  - Congressman Jerry McNerney has "abandoned" his Delta constituents.  Click here for the whole report from the Stockton Record

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Posted 7/13/09 - NSJWCD - Special Board Meeting July 21, 2009 -A special meeting of the NSJWCD Board of Directors will be held July 21 at 8:30 in the Community Room of the Lodi Police Department building, located at 215 W. Elm Street in Lodi.
Agenda items will include:
- Resignation of Fred Weybret from Board of Directors
- Resolution of issue of vandalism of District's property
- Protests of District's petition to divert water

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Posted 7/13/09 FEDS DOCUMENT SHRINKING GROUNDWATER:  California’s San Joaquin Valley has lost 60 million acre-feet of groundwater since 1961, according to a new federal study. That’s enough water for 60 Folsom reservoirs.  This is among the findings in a massive study of groundwater in California’s Central Valley by the U.S. Geological Survey. It helps shed light on the mysteries and dangers of California’s groundwater consumption, which is mostly unregulated.  According to the study, groundwater pumping continues to cause the valley floor to sink, a problem known as subsidence. This threatens the stability of surface structures such as the California Aqueduct, which delivers drinking water to more than 20 million people. FROM THE SACRAMENTO BEE

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Posted 7 /13/ 09 - Lodi Lake Nature Preserve, victim in budget cuts: CBS Report CLICK HERE

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Posted 7/1/09 – Dutch Expert gives advice on the San Joaquin / Sac Delta – excellent read on cooperation and water as a more regional issue.  Click on the following link for the full article in the Sac Bee http://tinyurl.com/knh3hu

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Posted 6/23/09 – LIFE JACKET LOANER PROGRAM BUILDING SPEED – Full article from the Lodi New Sentinel  CLICK HERE

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Posted 6/18/09 KGO ABC Affiliate in S.F. Highlights the Pardee Expansion CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEO

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Posted 6/10/09 - State Water Board Launches Another Assault on Delta Fisheries and Water Quality:  by Bill Jennings, Executive Director, CSPA -- The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) is yet again discarding long-existing regulations protecting water quality (and fisheries) in order to protect the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) from their continuing violations of the Public Trust and Bay-Delta water quality standards.  CLICK HERE FOR THE WHOLE STORY.
 

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POSTED 6/09/09 – A RARE OPPOORTUNITY TO RAFT THE MOKELUMNE: On Sunday, June 28, you’ll have the rare opportunity to raft the Mokelumne River with OARS of Angels Camp. OARS will run three special raft trips on the Mokelumne’s six-mile Electra-Middle Bar run to benefit the Foothill Conservancy and support its work to protect and restore the Mokelumne River.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

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Posted 6/3/09 – EBMUD & Safe Harbor Agreement + NEW DAMS – Signed yesterday the “historic” 28,000-acre “safe harbor agreement” to protect a frog, a salamander and a beetle is being signed today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the East Bay Municipal Utility District. It covers land in the Mokelumne River watershed in parts of San Joaquin, Amador and Calaveras counties. The EBMUD agreement centers on habitat surrounding two large dams and their reservoirs, Camanche and Pardee, plus lands adjacent to the Mokelumne River for a half-mile below Camanche Dam. The agreement and the associated permit authorize EBMUD to incidentally take the three federally-listed species during specific maintenance and operation activities and in exchange, EBMUD will enhance, create, and manage habitat for listed species on their property. Critical in their pursuit of enlarging Pardee Reservoir which would include building a new Dam, but amidst all of this EBMUD has another option besides a new dam on the Mokelumne and the taking of all of the endangered species. Contra County Water District, which serves Concord, Martinez, and eastern Contra Costa County along with parts of Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek, wants to expand its Los Vaqueros Reservoir, on the eastern side of Mount Diablo. The current reservoir holds about 100,000 acre-feet of water, and the water district plans to expand it to 160,000 acre-feet or even 275,000 acre-feet, depending on how many partners it can find. The project has generated some opposition in the environmental community, but nothing like the backlash East Bay MUD has experienced with its Mokelumne River dam proposal. Yet East Bay MUD has effectively blown off requests by the Contra Costa Water District to become its partner. In fact, East Bay MUD didn't even study the Las Vaqueros Reservoir expansion as a potential option for its water needs through the year 2040. The difference between the two dams is more than simply location. The Mokelumne dam would enlarge Pardee Reservoir by destroying a beautiful section of a river popular for its fishing, swimming, and kayaking. But there is no comparable river at risk in the proposed Los Vaqueros expansion because that reservoir is what's known as an off-river storage facility, which is filled with water diverted from elsewhere. Hence, a new dam at Los Vaqueros would enlarge that reservoir's storage capacity without necessarily destroying a wild river in the process.

 

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Posted 5/27/09 - Last month we posted "WEAR IT ON THE MOKELUMNE"  Life Jacket Drive & Loaner Program - A grass roots efforts in its infancy to get slightly used but still usable life jackets on the backs of needy river enthusiasts.  Well the GRASS ROOTS EFFORT has begun and we need your help; Mokelumneriver.com, San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation, Clements Fire District  and Mokelumne River Outfitters, have started an exploratory committee to make this program a reality but we need your help.  Fist things first while we like "WEAR IT ON THE MOKELUMNNE" as a Tag Line this is your program and we want & need your input in naming this program.  Come up with a TAG LINE and a Mascot or Logo for use in and on all material to promote this program, and send it to info@mokelumneriver.com Secondly any gentle used life jackets collecting dust in the garage ??  If so contact info@mokelumneriver.com  This is your river lets make it a safe and sane recreational opportunity.

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Posted 5/26/09 – Katherines somewhat Random thoughts on the Mokelumne;  Great read for River Rafting Enthusiasts; http://tinyurl.com/rddqps

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Posed 5/21/09 – Mokelumne Wilderness - Sonora, Calif., (May 21, 2009)…The Forest Service today announced that most Stanislaus National Forest (NF) campgrounds and picnic areas will be open to accommodate visitors and campers for Memorial Day weekend. Due to lower than normal snow pack at higher elevations, Forest visitors will find 52 developed campgrounds offering 1,391 campsites open and available early this year...  For More Information and Ranger Contact #’s ; http://tinyurl.com/qwrxbo

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Posted 5/20/09 - DWR Raises SWP Deliveries to 40 Percent - The Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced today that it will increase the 2009 State Water Project (SWP) delivery allocation from 30 percent to 40 percent.  Long-term SWP contractors will see an increase from 1,249,913 acre-feet to 1,666,550 acre-feet. This is the final allocation for the calendar year.   “Early May snow and rain improved the water supply situation enough to allow this modest expansion,” said DWR Director Lester A. Snow.  “However, this small increase in SWP deliveries does not mean California has overcome the effects of three consecutive dry years.  In fact, 2007 to 2009 will likely rank in the top 10 driest three-year periods in the last century.  Governor Schwarzenegger’s statewide drought declaration remains in effect and all Californians must heed his call to reduce their water use.” Subsequently, DWR is encouraging its contractors to put increased supplies in storage and pursue conservation measures wherever possible.

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Posted 5/ /09 – You can’t conserve what you don’t measure- FROM THE CALIFORNIA REPORT – Making Water Meter’s Mandatory – Audio Report ; http://tinyurl.com/op8j4

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Posted 3/14/09 – EBMUD BANKS JSA WATER TO BENEFIT FISH RUN - At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Woodbridge Irrigation District, Russ Taylor of EBMUD reported that current releases from Camanche Dam are 360 cfs.  Minimum flow requirements under the Joint Settlement Agreement (JSA) are 250cfs, out of Camanche, water releases below the WID Dam currently are 150 cfs the (modified dry year release requirement ) and will continue for May and June.  Approximately 6,000 AF of water will be banked in May and June and be released as a pulse flow by EBMUD in early October to stimulate and hopefully reverse the declining Salmon and Steelhead spawning in the Mokelumne River.   The water which is stored in Camanche is scheduled to be released on or about October 5th EBMUD in coordination with WID will release the water, the pulse flow will attract the fish back into the Mokelumne River.  Hats Off to EBMUD and WID.

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Posted 3/14/09 – New York Times article on Pumping Groundwater Regulation in California?  Check it out  http://tinyurl.com/o77x46

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Posted 3/14/09 – CONSERVATION IS KEY - Kathy Grant Lodi’s Watershed Education Coordinator –  http://tinyurl.com/pzufow  for more great ideas on Water Conservation check out this site also; www.wateruseitwisely.com

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 Posted 5/13/09 – DWR - Media Given Look at Non-Physical “Bubble Curtain” Barrier, designed to Protect Migrating Salmon, Preliminary Results Show Promise; to read the entire DWR Press Release Click Here

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Posted 5/13/09 - Mokelumne River Report Card - High school students from Lodi on Thursday will present their findings from water quality tests conducted during the Storm Season the report will highlight the impact of stormwater runoff on the Mokelumne River.  The Mokelumne River Water Quality Report Card will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Cottage Room of Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi.

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Posted 5/12/09 - Viaggo on the River Estate & Winery - Featured in A day to Remember by Lora Ward  http://www.adaytorememberca.com/blog/ a wedding and event facility that surpasses Napa, Sonoma you name it; right here nestled along the banks on the Mokelumne River check it out  http://www.viaggiowinery.com/

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 Posted 5/12/09 - Audubon picnic -   San Joaquin Audubon Society hosts its annual picnic at the Mokelumne River Day Use Area, just below the fish hatchery, off Highway 12 east of Clements. The public is welcome. Activities start at 8 a.m. with a bird walk and monthly bird census in the riparian forest, followed by a 10 a.m. potluck brunch.  Information: (209) 943-6997.

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Posted 5/09/09 – State petitions Feds on Delta Smelt -  DWR files a petion with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday,  the DWR argues rules governing the Fall release of 400,000 AF of water should be changed.  Delta Smelt again, new research has identified a group of the threatened species has taken refuge on Liberty Island and is unaffected by water operations.  If successful the State will avoid future releases.  The research by DWR and Fish and Game suggest that the Island is a year round habitat for some smelt this research may indicate that the smelt is more resilient than previously believed and less dependent on freshwater releases. 

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Posted 5/5/09 -  Department of Water Resources (DWR) is shooting back at the Delta Farmers.  Thirty Six (36) petitions for orders permitting entry and investigation of real property were filed in the Superior Courts of the five counties covering the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The Petitions seek more than two and one-half years of access to thousands of acres of private property in the Delta in order to conduct surveys and studies purportedly related to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Landowners have resisted DWR’s efforts and many have filed official opposition to these Petitions with the courts. Landowner opposition could create a significant hurdle to DWR as it rolls toward BDCP’s call for the construction of a new isolated conveyance facility.  For more on this click here.

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Posted 5/ 5/09 – 20 x 2020 Agency Team on Water Conservation - On February 28, 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger wrote to leadership of the California State Senate, outlining key elements of a comprehensive solution to problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The first element on the Governor's list was “a plan to achieve a 20 percent reduction in per capita water use statewide by 2020.” In March 2008 the 20x2020 Agency Team was convened to develop a plan to achieve a 20 percent reduction in per capita urban water use statewide by 2020.  The Draft Plan and information on how to comment is located at the 20 x2020 website; http://tinyurl.com/cjo2yl   

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Posted 5/4/09 MAY IS WATER AWARENESS MONTH - With the state in its third year of drought, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) reminds Californians to use water responsibly during Water Awareness Month. To View DWR press release and a complete list of Water Awareness Month events planned around the state.  CLICK HERE

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Posted 5/1/09 – Farmington Groundwater Recharge Program The Rest of the Story - Reported today the Stockton East Water District wills receive $ 835,000 in Federal Stimulus Funds for the Farmington Groundwater Recharge Program, a joint effort between SEWD and the Army Corp of Engineers.  The Program calls for surface water to be delivered to the parcels during the winter months, usually beginning with the first flood flows to the watersheds. These waters will be drawn from Calaveras, Mokelumne, Little Johns and Stanislaus watersheds.  The Program which was launched in 2003 called for an investment of $ 33.5 M dollars.  The program is lead by Stockton East Water District, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Three-fourths of the $33.5 million Program will be from Federal funding, with the balance from Propositions 13 and 50, and local water agency assessments.  The program looks to capture 35,000 acre-feet/year, applied to recharge basins mostly between November and April.  The 35,000 AF currently is un-appropriated and SEWD would need to acquire an Appropriative Water Right (diverting surface water and putting it to beneficial use) through application to the State Water Board.  With water politics in Flood Mode, questions regarding its economic and environmental feasibility for such a project which has yet to get real traction in 6 years is inevitable.  While no one disagrees that increased storage and re-charge programs are necessary, the reality of acquiring water rights that would reduce Delta In-Flow, will be slim to none, one could not dispute that the diversion of 35,000 AF during a wet year would also have negative impacts on the Delta’s eco-system.  On the financial side Congressman McNerney in an effort to increase our water supply in support of this program given its certain battle to obtain the needed water rights should of asked, would an investment of $ 835,000 been better utilized in conservation programs, in-lieu recharge programs, storm water catchment basins, or recycled water programs.  These same issues will inevitably surround and encumber the Pardee / IRUCP (Inter Regional Conjunctive Use Project) San Joaquin County's MORE WATER Project.  Investment in conservation programs along with identifying suitable new projects which provide both supply and enhance environmental benefits is the new norm not only in California and the West but around the World.

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Posted 4/30/09 FINAL SNOW SURVEY - The Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) final snow survey of the season indicates snowpack water content is ­­­66 percent of normal for the date, statewide. Last year at this time snowpack was measured at 72 percent of normal, statewide.  “Today’s snowpack survey further emphasizes the importance of Governor Schwarzenegger’s statewide drought emergency declaration and our call on all Californians to reduce their water use,” said DWR Director Lester Snow.  “When combined with extremely dry years in 2007 and 2008, low storage in the state’s major reservoirs, restrictions on Delta pumping, a growing population and prediction of increasingly unpredictable weather patterns due to climate change, it is clear the problems facing California will persist beyond this year and this drought.”

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POSTED 4/29/09 – EBMUD Support & Opposition - In a unanimous vote Tuesday, April 28, the Amador County Board of Supervisors joined other government agencies, organizations and individuals in opposing the proposed expansion of Pardee Reservoir on the Mokelumne River. The East Bay Municipal Utilities District has included the Pardee expansion project as part of the “preferred portfolio” in its Water Supply Management Plan 2040. EBMUD.   Calaveras County Water District’s decision to send a letter of support for a controversial water-management program drew criticism from a local environmentalist last week.  Calaveras County decision to support the WSMP 2040 is in line with the county’s involvement in the Integrated Conjunctive Use Project (IRCUP), a joint water supply project being explored by AWA, Calaveras County Water District (CCWD), East Bay Municipal Utility District and the Mokelumne River Water & Power Authority (San Joaquin Co.)
The IRCUP concept includes capturing high water flows in the Mokelumne during winter and storing the additional water in a groundwater basin and/or in additional storage at Lower Bear River, Pardee or Duck Creek Reservoirs. The multi-agency study is designed to increase a firm water supply for Amador and Calaveras Counties, recharge groundwater in San Joaquin County and provide drought protection for EBMUD.  Capturing high water flows will also divert well needed wet year flows through the Delta which, which are central in the debate of the long term health and stability of the Delta.

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Posted 4/29/09 - East Bay Express - Calls Pardee Expansion "Water Grab"- Read the full story from http://tinyurl.com/ctk3rc


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Posted 4/28/09 - Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its final snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 30, near Lake Tahoe.  Electronic sensors currently measure snow water content at 68 percent of average statewide.  Snowpack was at 75 percent of average this time last year. Conservation remains a necessity to maximize use of 2009 water supplies.  DWR and the Association of California Water Agencies recently launched the Save Our Water public education program to encourage Californians to save water in and outside their homes and businesses.

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Posted 4/28/09 Department of Water Resources ( DWR ) - Iintroduces the Central Valley Flood Management Planning (CVFMP) Program web site!   Visit this site regularly for program news, event information, publications, and more!  The Central Valley Flood Protection Board with guidance from the multi-agency California Levees Roundtable, a partnership of nine State, federal and local agencies, will guide work already happening and planned  through 2012.  Projects include; sustainable levee maintenance and flood system improvement while conserving or enhancing habitat for fish and wildlife species.  http://www.water.ca.gov/cvfmp/ 

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Posted 4/28/09 – Army Corp of Engineers has allocated $ 21 million in stimulus funding, provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  $ 4 million of that will go to construct 3,000 feet of levees along Morrison Creek and Streams in the Mokelumne-Consumnes River system.

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Posted 4/27/09 - " WEAR IT ON THE MOKELUMNE"  Life Jacket Drive & Loaner Program - A grass roots efforts in its infancy to get used but still usable life jackets onto needy river enthusiasts For more details contact info@mokelumneriver.com

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Posted 4/26/09 - EBMUD gives Amador County upperhand on Pardee Expansion - Unexpectedly, East Bay water officials Friday granted Amador County effective veto power over a Pardee Dam project that would flood an extra 2 miles of the Mokelumne River canyon.  East Bay Municipal Utility District's John Coleman told supervisors, "EBMUD has no intention of proceeding independently. It will only be done in partnership with Amador."  Coleman is vice president of the agency's governing board. Saying the same thing were Dennis Diemer, general manager and Alex Coate, director of water and natural resources.  When details surfaced two months ago on a long-term water plan for EBMUD including a new, taller Pardee Dam, protests broke out in Amador and Calaveras counties. Some 350 people jammed a pair of meeting halls where EBMUD officials spoke. Technically, EBMUD did not need to concede a veto power.  During a break in the session, Coate said, "Theoretically, we could proceed without support, but in California these days, we won't make it."  Even a diminished likelihood of federal funding for a dam project that lacked local support was not crucial in EBMUD's decision to concede Amador a pivotal say in the matter.   "Even with federal funds, it would be impractical (without local support)," Coate said. "You'd get sued. In terms of David and Goliath, David's got a lot more power these days."  From the Amador Ledger
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Posted 4/24/09 - DWR Climate Change Report Released -
DWR has released “Using Future Climate Projections to Support Water Resources Decision Making in California.” The report evaluates how climate change could affect the reliability of California’s water supply. Click here to read the one page summary.

In other items the Department of Water Resources released the mini-documentary, “A Climate of Change.” Co-produced with Water Education Foundation, the video tells the story of California’s changing climate, and what it means for the state’s water supply. Check it out on their web site www.water.ca.gov/climatechange/

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Posted 4/21/09 - Mokelumne River Drowning / Needless Tragedy - Sunday evening approximately 6:30 in the evening a young man drowned in the Mokelumne River in the Lockeford - Clements area.  He was approximately 16 -17 years old, rafting with friends and wasn't wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD). I was unfortunate enough to be in the emergency room with my 17 year old boy that night when Fire Rescue still performing chest compressions brought him into Lodi Memorial Hospital it was a chilling seen.  Please always wear a properly fitted PFD. .

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POSTED 4/21/09 – Department of Water Resources - California leaders today launched a new statewide public education program challenging individuals to do their part to “Save Our Water.” The program will educate Californians about the state’s ongoing water supply challenges and promote conservation through public service announcements, educational outreach, and a comprehensive Web site.  “Water is an essential part of our life here in California, but we are facing severe challenges that threaten our economy and our environment,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources Mike Chrisman.  “The ‘Save Our Water’ program will encourage Californians to increase water conservation by doing easy things every day and will help protect against the uncertainties of drought and climate change.”  Chrisman announced the new program at a news conference alongside Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director Lester Snow and Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Executive Director Timothy Quinn.  “As we work to develop long-term solutions, each of us must get serious about water conservation,” said DWR Director Lester Snow.  “We should not assume we will be out of this drought next year, which is why I hope all Californians will join in this important effort to ‘Save Our Water.’”  Californians are being asked to take simple steps to save water, including:  Take shorter showers, don’t leave water running, check for leaks,      Wash only full laundry loads, water only when your landscaping needs it and only in the early morning hours, use a broom instead of the hose to clean driveways and walkways. 

The “Save Our Water” program was developed in partnership with DWR and the ACWA to educate Californians about why water conservation must become a regular part of our everyday lives. The program is a statewide multi-faceted public education effort that will use Web-based outreach and paid advertising to show residents easy ways to reduce water use every day. The program will also offer consumer-oriented information and tips to increase awareness and understanding of the complex issues facing the state’s water delivery and supply system.  “We want to encourage Californians to really change their thinking about water use,” said Quinn.  “Conserving water should become a daily habit with Californians, just as saving energy and recycling has become.”

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Posted 4/16/09 -The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has increased the 2009 State Water Project (SWP) delivery allocation to 30 percent, but extremely dry conditions persist across California. Though an improvement from the March allocation of 20 percent of contractors’ requests, drought conditions continue and residents, businesses and farms are strongly urged to continue conserving water. “By no means has California been lifted out of this third year of drought,” said DWR Director Lester Snow.  “In fact, 2007-2009 is expected to rank in the top 10 driest three-year periods in the last century.  Saving water must become a way of life for all Californians now and into the future, but long-term solutions must also include investment in our state’s water management infrastructure.” 

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Posted 4/15/09DWR - Department of Water Resources - Director Lester A. Snow today applauded Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s announcement that the Obama administration has earmarked $260 million for California water projects. The funding is part of national infrastructure investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. “This is exactly the kind of immediate federal action we’ve been seeking,” said Director Snow. “This money will help California work toward a comprehensive solution to providing clean, reliable and sustainable water supplies to our people, farms and businesses, and will create needed jobs up and down the state.”   In particular, Snow welcomed the $4 million allocated to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for improving water supply reliability and restoring habitat.  ( AKA Peripheral Canal ).........................................................................................................................................................

 

Posted 4/15/09 - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urged California on Wednesday to modernize its antiquated water system while pledging $260 million in federal stimulus money to help fund a variety of water projects.  He and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took an aerial tour of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  After the tour he pledged that the federal government was ready to help California overhaul its system and deal with its drought.  The $260 million is part of $1 billion announced by the Bureau of Reclamation for water projects intended to create jobs across the West.    California's share will fund a host of projects, including new wells for farms and cities, temporary water lines to help feed orchards and grape vines year round, rock barriers intended to improve water quality in the delta and fish screens.  An additional $135 million will be available to all states for grants for water recycling projects.  Schwarzenegger also favors building a canal to pipe river water around the delta, an idea rejected by voters in 1982. The Interior Department said $4 million of the stimulus money will go toward a delta habitat plan that features a possible canal system.  Salazar declined to endorse building new dams or a canal. He did rule out suspending federal environmental laws, as some members of California's Republican delegation have suggested in an attempt to funnel more water farmers. 

From SF Chronicle

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Posted 4/14/09 – Delta Farming Groups File Suit against Peripheral Canal (PC) aka Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) - The Central Delta Water Agency and the South Delta Water Agency filed suit in Sacramento to block the plans to build the PC around the Delta.  The Plan, which is on a fast track to completion would be the largest and most complex conservation plan ever under state and federal endangered species laws.  But Delta Farmers in opposition contend that fresh water flows if diverted from the Sacramento River around the Delta would cause more pollution from pesticides and salt intrusion from irrigation and the Bay.  State Water Contractors and some environmentalists see a PC as a solution to the embattled plight of Man vs. Fish.  Both groups are moving at lightning speed planning efforts are to be completed by the end of next year with a detailed plan and permit to build the PC.  To learn more about the BDCP;  http://www.water.ca.gov/deltainit/bdcp.cfm

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Posted 4/13/09 – EBMUD – DROUGHT ENDS ON BILLING CYCLE - At the call of President Doug Linney, a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.  The Board will meet in workshop session to discuss the Drought Management Program, and review staffs recommendations that are; 1. Retain the current drought rate structure, and either a. Continue drought rates until billing periods beginning July 1, 2009 (when the water shortage emergency would be declared ended), or b. Continue drought rates until billing periods beginning October 1, 2009 (when the water shortage emergency would be declared ended), using the FY10 rate structure as the basis for determining the drought rates and surcharges effective July 1, 2009.  2. Defer consideration of a revised drought rate structure for discussion to a future date.  3.  Transition to voluntary rationing (at levels to be determined based on final end of year storage projections).  To review the entire staff report, drought and conservation budget implications click on the link; http://tinyurl.com/d6wpur

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Posted 4/12/09 - NSJWCD - Saturdays edition of the Stockton Record, updated readers on the Districts efforts to utilize Mokelumne River water.   Embattled Board member Pilkington's statements to the Record are in complete contradiction to the current efforts by NSJWCD.  Currently the  District has a request through Congressman McNerney Office to receive $ 2M to replace outdated infa-structure throughout the system, Board Members, Staff and Citizens within the District need to be pulling in the same direction to secure our wet year water allocation.  To read the Record article click on the link;  http://tinyurl.com/cknbzh 

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Posted 4/10/09 - CALIFORNIA IS RUNNING OUT OF WATER YOU DECIDE - With all the talk lately on Dams, Peripheral Canals, environmental issues, etc. The San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate.com has put together an interactive model of water allocation. Decide who gets what, Agriculture, Urban or Environment.  Once you made your allocation see how it stacks up.  http://tinyurl.com/cen6u4

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Posted 4/09/09 - In The Ledger, Amador County Supervisors to keep up the fight on EBMUD Pardee Expansion; follow the link http://tinyurl.com/coqv7l
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Posted 4/9/08 - Woodbridge Irrigation District - It is anticipated that WID will receive its full allotment of 60,000 acre feet (AF) of water this year for irrigation, anticipated inflow to Pardee is projected at 510,000 AF, compared to last months projection of 430,000 AF.  In other matters the Board approved the City of Lodi, request to sell its banked water to fund its design for a water treatment plant, the City currently has 35,400 AF banked   Under the existing agreement the city can only bank a maximum of 42,000 AF of water, of that only 18,000 AF is available for sale.  In other items Russ Taylor of EBMUD reported that for the month of March precipitation was 124 % of average and 86 % YTD.  Pardee reservoir is currently at 89 % capacity and Camanche is at 51 % capacity.

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Posted 4/8/09 - NO SALMON - California's commercial fishing season for chinook salmon has been canceled after last years record low returns Central Valley, the decision today marks the second year in a row that the Pacific Fishery Management Council has voted to shut down commercial and limit recreational fishing for natural and hatchery Chinook Salmon in California. The decision still has to be approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service

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Posted 4/8/09 - Woodbridge Irrigation District will hold its regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting Thursday April 9th, 2009 at 9:00 am at the Districts office located at 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. , Woodbridge.

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Posted 4/7/09 - Congressman Jerry McNerney has released a wish list of federal monies, four of the projects have potential impacts to the Mokelumne River.             $ 1,000,000 for a Mokelumne River Discovery Center - requested to complete an element of the Mokelumne River Stewardship Plan that supports the preservation of the river’s resources.  $ 2,000,000 for the North San Joaquin Irrigation District, to replace obsolete cast-in place concrete pipe with new pre-cast reinforced concrete pipe to improve the districts distribution system.  $ 3,700,000 – Farmington Groundwater Recharge Demonstration Program, to be used to improve San Joaquin County’s water supplies by constructing groundwater recharge facilities. $ 1,500,000 for the Mokelumne River Regional Water Storage and Conjunctive Use Project- Funding will be used to capture unappropriated flows from the Mokelumne River for conjunctive use projects and will improve available water supply in San Joaquin County.

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Posted - 4/6/09 - Congressman Dan Lungren is coming to Jackson - The Amador County Board of Supervisors will host a reception for Congressman Dan Lungren in their Chambers on Court Street on Wednesday April 8th at 4PM.  Congressman Lungren will also be at the Republican Headquarters 12275 Martell Rd. at 7PM that same evening.  This is a great opportunity to let the Congressman know how you feel about EBMUDS plans.

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Posted 3/31/09 – MOKELUMNE RIVER FLOWS - EBMUD & The Pardee Resovoir Expansion, San Joaquin County & the Peripheral Canal, and sitting right in the middle and playing a critical role is the Mokelumne River.  Now most of us here in Northern California think that Southern California would drain every drop of water available to sustain life in the desert.  But we don’t have to look any further than our own backyard to see the same potential Peripheral Canal in the making to feed the Bay Area and Stockton water needs with wet year flows from the Mokelumne, and implications that arguably will make a difference in the overall health of the Delta.   

On one side of San Joaquin County we have the proposed Peripheral Canal Project which will take Sacramento River water north of the Delta and re-route’s it around the Delta to the Clifton Court Forebay, where pumps lift the water 300’ to enter the California Aqueduct, which services, municipal, agricultural and industrial needs.   Some environmentalists believe this canal could be the best case solution to the declining eco-system facing the delta.  Providing benefits to fisheries, habitat, recreation and water supply if run responsibly, but the validity of a Peripheral Canal is not what this article is about. San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors under the direction of staff resolved the following; San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors opposes the development of a Peripheral Canal or any other isolated water conveyance facility in the Delta.   

On the other side well actually just outside of the County we have EBMUD and the Pardee Reservoir Expansion, to increase storage capacity for Bay Area water needs.  Dr. Lylte, San Joaquin County Water Resource Coordinator in a public meeting held in Lodi for EBMUD SWMP 2040, supported the expansion, stating “it’s an example of cooperation by EBMUD and other water agencies from San Joaquin and Calaveras and Amador Counties through the Mokelumne River Forum.”  John Green, Assistant General Manager for Stockton East Water District also enthusiastically endorsed the expansion.  Two seemingly un-involved agencies endorsing a controversial project, which if completed would by design reduce wet year flows through the Delta, for conveyance to other area’s.   Arguably opponents of the Pardee Expansion project believe if approved the expansion will have far reaching impacts on water quantity and quality, agriculture, businesses, infrastructures, recreation, fisheries and habitat.  The same arguments used in San Joaquin County’s resolution in opposition to the Peripheral Canal.  Is it consistent for San Joaquin County to oppose one proposal and embrace the other? 

The More Water Projects, in particular the potential use of Structural Diversions on the Lower Mokelumne River using pump stations, with or without dams from below Camanche Dam downstream to Interstate 5, in essence a Mokelumne River Peripheral Canal and ultimately less water flowing into to the Delta during critical wet year events. 

In its regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors, Stockton East Water District on January 8th, 2008 a report was given on the Mokelumne River Forum meeting held on January 3rd, 2008 it was discussed and  noted to the Board that “EBMUD indicated if the MORE Water Project becomes part of the I-RCUP,(Inter Regional Conjunctive Use Project)  they were not sure they could support it.”  Then on October 21st, 2008 in another Stockton East Water District Board meeting it was reported that at the Mokelumne River Forum meeting on 5/21/08 that; EBMUD is considering making San Joaquin County a partner in it’s raising of the Pardee Dam Project.  In a meeting of the Northeastern Groundwater Banking Authority on June 11th, 2008 Director Dante Nomellini commented; if they are going to bank water it should be from the Mokelumne River, not the American River, because that is really taking water from the Delta. 

San Joaquin County, Stockton East Water District, North Eastern Groundwater Banking Authority and EBMUD, appear to have joined forces and in their sights is the Mokelumne River.  If San Joaquin County’s only benefit from an enlarged Pardee Dam is the potential to siphon off more Mokelumne River water than the question becomes is the environmental, recreational and economic impacts not only to our River but also the Delta worth it?

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Posted 3/31/09 - STOCKTON - During a series of free public events this week, a group of University of the Pacific students will urge their peers to give up bottled water.  Free canteens will be given out to those who take pledges from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day outside the University Center. Also, a taste test will be held there from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.  A series of talks will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in Biology 101 on plastic pollution in the ocean (today); tap water vs. bottled water (Wednesday); and Stockton's water privatization wars (Thursday).  Water-related films will be shown from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pacific Theatre today and Wednesday, and in Geosciences 104 on Thursday.  The events are sponsored in part by Students for Environmental Action and Pacific's department of earth and environmental sciences.

From The Stockton Record

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Posted 3/30/09 - SACRAMENTO---The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its fourth snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2009, near Lake Tahoe.

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Posted 3/28/09 Water Transfers / Sales - Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency directors approved the purchase of supplemental water from the Yuba County Water Agency and the state Department of Water Resources. The water agency will have the potential to take more than 1,500 acre-feet from Yuba County, at a cost of $250 an acre-foot, up from $135 an acre-foot last year. An acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons of water the approximate use of a single family household.  Also the city of Riverside has agreed to sell some of its groundwater to Western Municipal Water District, a deal worth about $1.8 million, the deal transfers 6,000 acre-feet per year of water from aquifers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.  That’s $ 300 an acre foot.

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Posted – 3-27-09 - CVFPB – Central Valley Flood Protection Board http://www.cvfpb.ca.gov; They met today and discussed  the following info; Click Here to open up the meeting document in word. ........................................................................................................................

Posted 3/26/09 – San Joaquin River – In a landmark river restoration bill congress ended decades of disputes between Environmentalists and Farmers.  Flows from the Friant Dam near Fresno will be increased resurrecting a 63 mile stretch of the San Joaquin river to once again support fisheries.  The Bill which President Obama is expected to sign will increase flows from Friant Dam which decimated the river in the early 40’s.  Farmers in the region are expected to receive approximately 20% less water but funds from the bill will offset this water loss by increasing the regions infa-structure, storage facilities and canals.  All parties praised the bill and flows from Friant Dam are expected to increase this fall.

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Posted 3/25/09 - EBMUD has scheduled another foothill public hearing on its water plan for Monday, March 30 at the San Andreas Town Hall, located at 24 Church Hill Rd, San Andreas from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Posted 3/24/09 DON’T BET ON STIMULUS FUNDS – From the City of Lodi to the County of San Joaquin everybody wants to get their hands of Federal Funds to enhance their water systems projects.  Conveyance, treatment, ground water banking & storage just to name a few, unfortunately the demand for stimulus funds for water projects is far greater than the money available the DPH has received 2,274 drinking water proposals valuing over   $ 6.8 Billion.  California can expect to receive only $ 168 Million from the stimulus.   On the positive side it’s unlikely that S.J. County and the MORE Project proposals would get any stimulus funds for paper water projects.  Another compelling argument to look at conservation practices.  Conservation is Sustainable Concrete is Not.

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Posted 3/20/09 – EBMUD WSMP 2040 – A look at the Plan through the eyes of; 

Friends of The River http://tinyurl.com/dhhqys

California Sportfishing Protection Alliance   http://tinyurl.com/d53fzg

Foothill Conservancy Organization  http://tinyurl.com/clz9ll

EBMUD was contacted and offered to provide comment here on this site.

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Posted 3/20/09 - Lots of New Recreation - Click on the Recreation page tab great new read by Bill Ferrero "A Fifty Year Love Affair With A River".  Heritage Oaks Winery doing a Mothers Day 2009 complete with tastings, food, and entertainment nestled along the banks of the Mokelumne.  And Sierra Adventure Outfitters adding a new night of paddle watch for Mary & Brindy's updates shortly.  And head out to Lodi Lake its full again !

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Posted 3/19/08 - Lodi City Council - Approved One Million dollars Wednesday evening to study and design a water treatment plant which will turn the 6,000 ACF of Mokelumne River water the city purchases annually from WID into drinkable water.  Plant costs are estimated to exceed 40 million dollars.  The money for the design will come from a sale of one years worth of banked water.  Revenue to complete the project is still under review.   WID in its February meeting made it clear that if the sale is approved that the revenue generated from the sale has to be put to "beneficial use" a cornerstone of all related water right issues.  In this case design of a plant to put the 6,000 ACF to use as drinking water qualifies.

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Posted - 3/18/09 - Lodi Lake on the Rise - WID began raising the dam on Monday and by this afternoon Lodi Lake was once again back in business .

 

CHECK OUT THE NEW BOAT HOUSE

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Posted 3/17/09 - NSJWCD - Met in special session today and approved to go ahead with an election next June to repeal Measure V.  The controversial measure has caused NSJWCD to spend more time and money in litigation, litigation that was brought by now sitting Board Member Bryan Pilkington.  Board members questioned Pilkington's intentions and his motivations for being on the board.  In other action the Board approved a petition and accompanying budget to the SWRCB for an extension of time to complete the needed infrastructure to put to full beneficial use the district is allotted during wet years.

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Posted 3/16/09 - Pardee Expansion, the rest of the Story - At its public comment meeting in Lodi today, approximately 25 people attended to comment on the proposed Pardee expansion, but in Sutter Creek tonight it was a different story 135 people attended the public comment meeting held at the Amador County Water Agency.  It was standing room only outside of the facility.  Pete Bell addressed  EBMUD board members Linney, Foulkes, community liaison Gerald Schwartz, staff and concerned citizens.

Pete addressed the following points:

1.  EBMUD seems to be significantly overstating its water demand.  In its 2005 Urban Water Management Plan, EBMUD predicts 2030 demand at 232 MGD.  The EIR predicts 2040 demand at 312 MGD, a 34 % increase in only 10 years. 

2.  Expanding Pardee will destroy miles of river valuable for fish and wildlife habitat and river recreation.  It will destroy significant cultural and historic resources, from plants used by American Indian basket weavers to the historic 1912 Middle Bar Bridge. 

3.  It will also drown a mile of river eligible for designation as a National Wild and Scenic River.  The EIR underestimates the reservoir expansion-related climate change impacts.  It incorrectly counts the power generated from Pardee to be renewable for purposes of AB 32.  It doesn't account for the life cycle GHG (green house gas) emissions from construction of massive new dams and new Highway 49 bridge.  And it doesn't account for the increased driving that will result from making Gwin Mine Rd and Middle Bar roads dead ends. 

4.  Making Middle Bar and Gwin mine Roads dead ends will cut off key fire evacuation and emergency response routes and result in significant threats to life and property. 

5.  EBMUD's proposed reservoir enlargements will thwart decades of work that have gone into making the Mokelumne a more viable recreation resource that will economically benefit foothill communities. 

6.  The Lower Bear reservoir enlargement may alter Mokelumne River Flows improved to benefit fish, wildlife, and recreation negotiated over years as part of PG & E's federal hydroelectric license. 

7.  All of the Middle Bar whitewater run will disappear and the Elektra Run will be seasonable at best, and leave a "bathtub ring" from inundation that will destroy the scenic beauty as well as the riparian habitat.

In closing he urged EBMUD to drop reservoir expansions from its preferred water portfolio and meet its water demand with urban water harvesting, conservation, efficiency, groundwater banking and water recycling instead.

Click here to view the affected areas of the Pardee expansion.  The black area is existing and the new footprint is in blue.

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Posted 3/15/09 - Foothill Conservancy Kayaking for a Cause.  Theresa Simsiman organized a dedicated group of Mokelumne River enthusiasts and spent the day kayaking the Elektra Run and Middle Bar Reach of the Mokelumne River to bring awareness to the stretches of the river that will face extinction if EBMUD raises the level of the Pardee Dam 33 feet.   Katherine Evatt with the Foothill Conservancy estimated more than 50 kayakers took to the water, with some coming as far away as Gilroy.  What you see will be under water and the bridge will be removed said Kathereine.

KAYAKERS SAY NO !

Fighting the currents these river enthusiasts spell out their thoughts on the EBMUD 2040 Water Plan.  EBMUD needs to drop the Pardee expansion from the Preferred Portfolio in its 2040 Water Plan and CONSERVE MORE INSTEAD.  Enlarging Pardee will drown a part of the Mokelumne River, popular for kayaking and fishing. It will destroy the historic Middle Bar Bridge, and seasonally inundate nearly a mile of river proposed for National Wild and Scenic River designation by the Bureau of Land Management.  It will destroy decades of work by local residents and agencies to improve recreational use of the river and thwart local efforts to use the river for economic development.  It will create dead end roads approaching the Mokelumne and eliminate critical fire evacuation routes.  EBMUD can avoid the environmental, social and economic cost of this project by using its water supplies, including the new American River water supply, more efficiently.

MIDDLE BAR BRIDGE TAKE OUT

An expansion would destroy the historic Middle Bar Bridge.  Come Let your voices be heard.  Attend the meeting in Lodi, Monday March 16th, 2009 1;30 to 3:30 p.m. Lodi Police Department Community Room 215 W. Elm St. Lodi

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Posted 3/15/09 - NSJWCD -Will hold a special session Tuesday March 17th, 2009 at 8:30 am at the Old Lockeford School, 19456 North Jack Tone Rd. in Lockeford.  Still up for decision and action is the Adoption of 2009-2010 groundwater charge and the 2010-2011 charge after an election to repeal or amend Measure V.  In other items the board will review  detaching several parcels that overlap with WID these are located West of Pearson Rd and South of Armstrong, consent still needs to be obtained from WID and the affected property owners.

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Posted 3/12/09 – Woodbridge Irrigation District (WID) voted to amend its 2009 irrigation rates adopted in February which defined the use of Flow Probe Meters to measure the flow of flood and furrow irrigation water use.  Today’s action will still allow the district to utilize the meters, but Anders Christensen indicated that its main purpose will be to develop a base line, for moving forward.  Rates will be the same as the 2008 irrigation season.  Future metering of water is necessary to accurately reflect the efforts of WID to conserve and show beneficial use which is key in the on-going battle when it comes to water rights.  In other news Russ Taylor from EBMUD reported that the Hatchery Fish count this year was 239 compared to 1051 last season.  Also that flows from Camanche Dam will increase starting Monday March 16th at 4:00pm from 225 CFS to 375 CFS to help fill the lake, after 24 hours flows will be decreased by 50 CFS per day until reaching 225 CFS.  February precipitation in the Mokelumne River Basin was 107% of average and to date March is 310% of average.

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Posted 3/12/09 – SEND YOUR THOUGHTS TO EBMUD – Whatever side of the  proposed Pardee expansion you may find yourself on, one thing remains constant EBMUD cannot be left unchecked when it comes the Mokelumne River.  I encourage all our readers to go to http://www.foothillconservancy.org/pages/pardee_form.cgi  Let your voices be heard.  Attend the meeting in Lodi, Monday March 16th, 2009 1;30 to 3:30 p.m. Lodi Police Department Community Room 215 W. Elm St. Lodi

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Posted 3/10/09 - Woodbridge Irrigation District to get its full allotment of water - Anders Christensen told local growers this morning they can count on the District to receive its full 60,000 acre feet of water (ACF).  Below normal precipitation earlier this year caused speculation that this would be a "Dry Year" defined as a year when in-flows into Pardee Reservoir are below 375,000 ACF.  At that trigger point WID is only allowed 39,000 ACF.  Back in February in-flow to Pardee was projected to be 255,000 ACF, recent storm activity has increased the projection to 550,000 to 620,000 ACF.  

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Posted 3/9/09 - The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a 30-year Safe Harbor Agreement permit covering 28,000-acres in parts of San Joaquin, Amador and Calaveras counties for three federally threatened species: Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, California red-legged frog, and California tiger salamander.   If granted, it would be the largest such agreement in the nation.   The EBMUD application centers on two large dams and their reservoirs, Camanche and Pardee, and the lands surrounding them for roughly a mile out from the reservoirs, plus lands adjacent to the Mokelumne River for a half-mile below Camanche Dam.   EBMUD has proposed that the agreement provide authorized incidental ‘take” of the three federally listed species and any future activities associated with raising the heights of the dams.

From Central Valley Business Times

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Posted - 3/6/09 - WATER CALCULATOR - Back in October we posted a water calculator and asked you to take a look at your water usage.  I think anybody who completed the calculator was surprised by their water use.  Now  I ask you to go back and see if any of your daily / weekly habits that have become so routine may have changed given our drought situation.  Take this water calculator survey quarterly and lets see if we can't reduce our water consumption.  Please share your results with us we would love to hear about success's'

http://www.h20conserve.org

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Posted 3/6/09 – The much talked about Delta Smelt and Longfin Smelt, which has been the center of much attention in the water diversion wars were officially qualified this week by the Department of Fish and Game for protection under the California Endangered Species Act.  The Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco one of the environmental groups that worked for its protection is currently seeking Federal Protection from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The listings will have a major impact on water deliveries with or without a drought. 

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Posted - WID - Lodi Lake and Mokelumne River Levels above Woodbridge Dam are Scheduled to be Raised Starting March 16, 2009.  All landowners, homeowners, and interested parties who live adjacent to Lodi Lake or the Mokelumne River upstream from the Woodbridge Dam and its influences are hereby noticed the Woodbridge Irrigation District will be filling Lodi Lake on March 16, 2009. Persons who have boats or boat docks and other property which may be effected or who are planning events should take the appropriate steps to protect their property. The Woodbridge Irrigation District does not accept responsibility for any effects or damages to property due to the rising of Lodi Lake or its influences. The raising of water behind Woodbridge Irrigation District’s Dam is an annual occurrence and a part of the District’s operating plan. If more information is required contact the Woodbridge Irrigation District at (209) 369-6808.

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Posted 3/4/09 - NSJWCD - Letter from the President Tom Hoffman - In hindsight, the path always seems clearer.  I encourage our constituents to join us and offer ideas and encouragement. We all have a vested interest in one of our most precious resources: our ground water.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LETTER.

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Posted 3/3/09 - NSJWCD - In its regularly scheduled meeting today the Board discussed a ballot measure which would repeal Measure V, and allow for the District to again start the groundwater re-charge fee for the years 09-10.  The fee in question has been mired in legal trouble since Bryan Pilkington authored / sponsored the measure with legal support from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  Pilikington now an elected member of the Board finds himself in what many consider a conflict of interest, one only needs to attend a meeting to see his mission differs from that of the Board.  A special session will be held March 17th to discuss and approve the ballot measure.  In other items the Board announced the new web site which will allow more information to be easily accessible www.nsjgroundwater.org still in its developmental stage but look for it soon.

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Posted 3/2/09 - EBMUD includes Pardee Reservoir expansion in 2040 Water Supply EIR - The East Bay Municipal Utility District has included the expansion of Pardee Reservoir in the EIR for its 2040 Water Supply Management Plan. Mokelumne River advocates are concerned that the plan would reduce winter inflow to the Delta while drowning miles of free-flowing river above the existing reservoir. The entire Middle Bar run and part of the Electra run above Highway 49 would be inundated. The plan requires building a new dam as well as a new Highway 49 Bridge and the removal of the historic Middle Bar Bridge. Public hearings will be held in Lodi, Sutter Creek, Oakland, and Walnut Creek in March. Comments on the EIR are due by April 6.  For more information, see Foothill Conservancy's related webpage: www.foothillconservancy.org/pardee.

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POSTED 3/2/09 -The Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) third snow survey of the winter season indicates snow water content is 80 percent of normal for the date, statewide.  For more info by basin; http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/COURSES

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POSTED 3/2/09 - A Bold Direction: The People’s Vision for the Delta - After years on the defensive against powerful forces that want to transform the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, local interests gathered at Wine and Roses in Lodi on Saturday, February 28 to begin to articulate their own vision for the region.  Sponsored by Restore the Delta, the event drew over 250 people to participate in five general sessions featuring a variety of experts.  Several speakers commented on water management issues.  According to Mindy McIntyre of the Planning and Conservation League, the Department of Water Resources has promised export contractors eight times as much water as can be delivered through the Delta even in a year of average flows.  Urban and agricultural development in California have gone forward for decades based on this “paper water,” greatly worsening the impact of water shortages in drought years like the current year.  New infrastructure such as the proposed alternative conveyance (or peripheral canal) cannot increase the total amount of water available for farming and urban needs. Zeke Grader, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, showed the connection between Delta water mismanagement and the potential collapse of the commercial salmon fishing industry, which provides both food and jobs and is worth billions of dollars a year.  A panel moderated by former Assemblyman Greg Aghazarian discussed strategies such as water conservation and conjunctive use to make regions of the State self-sufficient and reduce reliance on Delta exports. Of particular interest is a project to restore the Tulare Lake Basin for surface and groundwater storage as a conveyance hub in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. The potential of floating island technology to improve water quality and habitat in the Delta was also discussed.  Civil engineer Chris Neudeck, showed that earthquake risks to Delta levees have been immensely overstated, and he explained how levees can be reinforced with simple and comparatively inexpensive strategies.  A session on Delta governance explored the fact that the State Water Resources Control Board has the authority to both allocate water and protect water quality—conflicting functions that experts agreed make the Water Board ineffective at managing water rationally.  There was general agreement that the Water Board needs to be reformed. Senator Lois Wolk told attendees that the State Water Project has always been off-budget, which means that it has had no legislative oversight and no transparency.  She pledged to end that off-budget status.  Senator Wolk has introduced legislation to establish a Delta Stewardship Council to balance tri-equal goals of Delta ecosystem health, water supply reliability, and recognition of the Delta as a unique place.  Also discussed was the concept of a Delta Conservancy, which was suggested as part of the Delta Vision process but which those in attendance agreed must be dominated by people from the Delta, not by outside agencies and interests. Restore the Delta is a Delta-based coalition including Delta farmers, environmentalists, everyday citizens, fishermen, business leaders, the faith community, and recreation enthusiasts.  More information is available at www.restorethedelta.org

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POSTED 3/1/09 - NSJWCD -  The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet in regular session at 8:30 am, March 3rd, 2009, at the Old Lockeford School, 19456 North Jack Tone Rd., Lockeford, California.

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POSTED 2/27/09 - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's - To Declare State of Emergency - The order which is expected to be signed this afternoon will allow state agencies to proved assistance to municipalities and businesses, impacted by the worsening drought situation. 

View the entire emergency proclamation at; http://tinyurl.com/bplyhn

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POSTED 2/27/09 - North San Joaquin Water Conservation District - GIVING BACK hats off to Tom Hoffman and the rest of the NSJWCD board and staff, at a time when everyone is selling or purchasing water the District has begun in earnest to replenish the diminishing groundwater table within the District.  Taking flows from Murphy's creek where it enters the Mokelumne River and pumping it over to to the Districts Groundwater recharge site, here's to NSJWCD efforts and we wish them well in getting their hands on a little bit of the stimulus funds so their efforts can be increased.

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POSTED 2/26/09 DWR SCHEDULES THIRD SNOW SURVEY 2008 - 2009 -The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct its third snow survey of the season at 11 a.m., Monday, March 2, 2009, near Lake Tahoe.   January 2009 was the eighth driest on record, but February precipitation allowed the very low 15 percent initial water delivery allocation to State Water Project (SWP) contractors to remain steady.  Electronic sensors measure snowpack at 76 percent of normal statewide to date, and due to February storms, precipitation is 85 percent of normal in the Northern Sierra, and  95 percent of normal in the Southern Sierra.  Hydrologists predict the season must end at 120 to 130 percent of normal in order to replenish reservoirs, a scenario that becomes increasingly unlikely as the rainy season passes. 

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POSTED - 2/26/09 - HISTORY & EDUCATION PAGE - Just wanted to throw out the idea again to any educators who might be interested in developing the History & Education Page on this web site.  We would love to hear your Idea's. 

http://mokelumneriver.com/history.htm   -   Contact us at: info@mokelumneriver.com 

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POSTED – 2/25/09 DELTA FLOWS EXPLAINED - When river flows are low, the Bureau of Reclamation and Department of Water Resources are required by state law to release water from their reservoirs to help protect fish in the Delta.   At issue is the amount state and federal water agencies are legally required to release each February from dams that feed into the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. The reservoirs are critical to the water supply of two-thirds of the state’s residents and millions of acres of farmland.  The state is supposed to release water from reservoirs each February to improve Delta water quality, although it has fallen short of its mandate so far this month.  With California’s major reservoirs at woefully low levels, state and federal water agencies on Tuesday made a pitch to keep more water behind their dams this month.  The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and state Department of Water Resources said they need to store as much water as they can to ensure enough for salmon, cities and farmers later this year.  In order to keep the water agencies must be granted an emergency petition that would allow weakened water-quality standards in the Delta, which the SWRCB denied in its hearing yesterday.  SWRCB officials agreed that the state and federal agencies had violated the standards requiring them to release water into the delta, but the SWRCB board ultimately decided not to recommend any enforcement action????

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POSTED 2/23/09 – BAY DELTA CONSERVATION PLAN - State and federal agencies in March will host a series of statewide public scoping meetings to solicit input and participation from the public, Tribes, and agencies in the environmental review of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). 

March 24, 2009 – Stockton .6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Stockton Civic Memorial Auditorium , 525 North Center Street, Stockton, CA 95202

March 26, 2009 – Clarksburg  6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Clarksburg Community Church 52910 Netherlands Avenue, Clarksburg, CA 95612

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POSTED 2/22/09 – DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES (DWR) – “Despite recent storms and more rain expected later this week, water conditions in the state remain severe,” said DWR Director Lester Snow.  “Californians must conserve now to ensure there is enough water to meet the state’s basic water needs for the future.” The DWR delivery allocation to the State Water Project (SWP) will remain at 15 %.   SWP contractors deliver water to more than 25 million California residents and more than 750,000 acres of farmland.  SWP contractors requested 4,166,376 million acre-feet of water for the 2009 calendar year, the maximum contractual amount allowed.  Reduced deliveries will require contractors to rely on dry water year contingency plans to meet their needs.  If precipitation were to increase and hydrologic and reservoir conditions improve, it is possible the allocation could rise in coming months.  The department has also established a statewide Drought Operations Center and launched an updated drought Web site to help water agencies and residents decrease urban water use. The site supports efforts of local water providers that already have imposed mandatory and voluntary water restrictions and offered water saving incentives. The Web page can be found here: http://www.water.ca.gov/draught/

ON THE FEDERAL SIDE -  Central Valley Project (CVP), agricultural users will receive anywhere from 0 to 10 percent of contracted allocations, said Donald Glaser, regional director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region.   As many as 1 million acres of Central Valley land will not receive any federal water this year, Glaser said.  The zero allocation for most of the farmers who buy water from the federally managed Central Valley Project was declared as California water officials repeated their plans to cut amounts supplied from a separate state-run water system to 15 percent of normal.  The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which runs the CVP, estimated that 1 Million acres, roughly a third of the land irrigated would be put out of production.

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POSTED 2/19/09 - Sierra Adventure Outfitters (SAO) - Paddle Updates - Starting this spring when WID raises the Dam, Mary Dills will provide quick updates on this page on what to do, see and enjoy while paddling the Mokelumne River.  Hard to believe its been 3 years, Mary is celebrating her 3rd Year Anniversary, as one of our original contributors we want to wish her all the best.  Remember for all your river needs SAO is the place and now everything in the store 10% off.  Will Keep you posted on the first PADDLE UPDATE.  Also check the Recreation Page for updated information.

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POSTED 2/17/09 – WELCOME RAINS – The storm door opened if only for a brief but much needed relief.  Rains will continue through the day and into the evening but the rest of February according to www.Accuweather.com looks dry.  While the recent storms are good news for the water supply according to Dan Greenlee a hydrologist with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Sierra would have to see snowfall of 185 percent of average for nearly two months in order to meet an average year’s snow pack.   “It’s getting tougher and tougher to overcome the deficit,” Greenlee told the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. “These storms are going to improve the snowpack numbers by a few percentage points, but we’re not in a situation that can be easily dug out of.”

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POSTED 2/16/09 - San Joaquin County Water Advisory Commission - Will consider a proposal to consolidate the Stockton East Water District (SEWD) and the Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District. (CSJWCD) combined the two entities will have a total of 155,000 acre feet of water available from the New Melones Reservoir. Meeting will be held Wednesday February 18th, 1:00 pm at the Public Health Conference Room, 1601 E Hazelton, Stockton.  Both agencies have worked closely since 1983 when it contracted with the Bureau of Reclamation for a combined 155,000 AF of water annually for its urban and Ag customers (12/19/83).  80,000 and 75,000 AF respectively.  More news on the implications of such a merger to follow as this develops.

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POSTED 2/12/09 - CITY TAKES FIRST STEP TO DEVELOP SURFACE WATER AND WATER TREATMENT INFA-STRUCTURE - The City of Lodi today requested the approval of the Woodbridge Irrigation District (WID) Board to sell banked water the City has in storage.  Under the 2003 agreement, the City has water banked, under the terms;  "The water furnished by the District under this agreement shall be used or furnished by the City only for domestic, municipal, industrial, irrigation and other beneficial uses "  The City would be allowed to sell the banked water for the beneficial use to enhance the existing water system.  The Board authorized WID staff to work with the City on the details to market the water.  With current market conditions, revenue from the sale will equal if not exceed the current $ 200 per acre foot rate.  Funds from the sale will kick start the process to develop surface water storage and water treatment for the City's future.  In other business the Board approved its Water Rates for 2009, flow meters and other appropriate devices, in addition to existing meters to measure usage and promote conservation will be utilized, basically "PAY AS YOU FLOW" for customers who are diligent in their usage and conservation its a WIN-WIN.  For those whose water usage practices are not as efficient, then the appropriate charges will be billed.  In other news it was reported that the 4 station average for the Mokelumne River Basin, is at 44% of average as of 2/8/09 its at its 4th lowest in history.

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POSTED 2/10/09 - VOLUNTARY CONSERVATION or MANDATORY RATIONING - LODI AHEAD OF THE CURVE - Seems to be a common agenda items with municipalities and water districts up and down the state of California.  Metropolitan Water District  (MWD), a major wholesale water supplier to 26 cities and water districts in Southern California serving nearly 18 million people  has warned that it may be forced to cut water deliveries by 15% to 25%..  EBMUD which services 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and whose majority of supplied water is from the Mokelumne River has had mandatory watering restrictions in place in the district since last May and will likely continue.  Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Monday 2/9/09 called for increased citywide water restrictions and the adoption of a tiered water rate that would punish Department of Water and Power customers who fail to conserve.   In Stockton, Stockton East Water District, which serves Morada and parts of Stockton, predicts they will ask people to conserve, especially when it comes to outdoor watering.  The City of Lodi has a great Water Conservation Ordinance already in place but it begins with you, its simple and just plain common sense.  Wasting Water is socially unacceptable and we all must be committed to conservation.

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW LODI'S WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE SUMMARY in MS Word

OR CHECK OUT THE CITY OF LODI'S WATER CONSERVATION PAGE JUST CLICK ON THE LINK; http://tinyurl.com/c3bly4

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Posted - 2/10/09 - Woodbridge Irrigation District 2-12-09 Board Meeting Agenda available on the WID page.

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Posted 2/05/09 – PUMP OUR WAY OUT OF A DROUGHT ?  OR AN ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM ?  SOUND FAMILIAR ?  -  Congressman George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) today introduced the California Drought Alleviation Act (CDAA), H.R. 856, to temporarily suspend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as it applies to the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta pumping facilities during Gubernatorial declared times of drought emergencies until such conditions are alleviated.  “As California confronts a forty billion dollar budget shortfall and turns to the federal government for a billions in stimulus dollars, like an addict for his next high, tens of thousands of Californians are on the verge of losing their jobs thanks to a horrendous environmental law,” Radanovich said. “The Endangered Species Act is drying up California’s agriculture industry by shutting down the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta Pumps.”   A recent study by U.C. Davis Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, and U.C. Davis Center for Watershed Sciences has revealed that under an expected 85 percent cut in Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) deliveries from the Delta and a maximum of 50 percent increase in the 2005 regional groundwater pumping, the Central Valley will lose 40,000 jobs. To put that in perspective, that is more jobs than General Motors plans to eliminate by 2012.   The study also found that under those same conditions, the Valley could expect a $1.15 billion loss of income and an $800 million farm revenue loss. Frighteningly, reductions in the East-side source of water deliveries will increase these losses.

“By allowing the Delta Pumps to operate at increased capacity, the CDAA allows available water to flow to Valley farmers and provides a stimulus to the California economy without costing the taxpayer a dime,” Radanovich said. “We cannot allow California agriculture to wither and die because our precious resources are being hijacked by what amounts to economic eco-terrorism in the form of the ESA and the entities that support this damaging law,” Radanovich said.  The CDAA would direct the Bureau of Reclamation to operate the C.W. “Bill” Jones pumps at increased capacity during times of drought emergency, giving the State much needed water reserves.  In addition, the bill recognizes the need to protect the diminishing population of the Delta Smelt by directing the Secretary of the Interior to work cooperatively with the California Department of Fish and Game in developing a Smelt conservation hatchery. The goal of the conservation hatchery is to sustain the Smelt population and determine the primary cause of its decline.   “My colleagues and I, as well as those within the agriculture community have been sounding the alarm for years and it appears this year might be the doomsday scenario that we have been dreading,” Radanovich said. “I am pleased to have bipartisan support in introducing the CDDA and encourage the rest of my colleagues to join in our effort to save California agriculture.”

From Radanovich’s website

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Posted 2/3/09 - LAO REPORT MUCH DEEPER THAN GROUNDWATER LAO URGES STATE TO OVERHAUL ALL WATER RIGHTS - The Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) is a non-partisan office which provides fiscal and policy information and advice to the California Legislature.  The LAO review and statement that the current water rights system is "counterproductive" and in need of "re-alignment" is another step in re-routing Northern California water, whichever side of the peripheral canal your on this report moves towards a  regional approach.  The following is a crucial  piece on the LAO Report I encourage all to read; 

 "Reasonable Use” Requirement Should Better Reflect Scarcity of Resources. The development of California’s  water rights system is steeped in tradition, and has roots in the State Constitution, but its implementation is based on outdated policy that is in need of reform. Article X of the Constitution requires that water be put to beneficial use and that waste of water or unreasonable use be prevented. At first glance, such principles seem reasonable. However, their implementation has had counter-productive results in some instances. The reasonable use requirement for surface water has generally been implemented as a “use it or lose it” policy, which itself resulted from a policy of “first in time, first in right.” Under the latter policy, the first individual to claim a water right gains the water right so long as they can demonstrate the continued use of water. The combination of these longstanding policies can lead to inefficient uses of water.

Water Rights Realignment Necessary. It is in the interest of the state to undertake a concerted effort to realign the water rights system to better reflect modern needs and circumstances  For example, this could be done by accounting for the potential for water conservation and water use efficiency in managing water rights. Thus, where water is required for agricultural purposes, the water right should mirror only the amount of water needed to grow a crop using available water efficiency technology. Similarly, urban water rights should reflect the use of cost-effective water conservation and efficiency measures. By realigning water conservation and efficiency efforts with water rights, overuse of water simply to maintain  a water right could be reduced and that water would be available for other purposes within the region or state. This modernization of the water rights system could start to be accomplished by the enactment of legislation to provide an updated, comprehensive definition of the “reasonable use” of water to be used in the water rights permitting process. This definition would encompass the potential for the water rights holders to avail themselves of water conservation and water use efficiency measures discussed above.

No matter how are water is regulated, delivered, or stored unless we all move towards water conservation as an underlying common thread in our personal and business lives we will leave future generations hi and dry.

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Posted 2/2/09 – Restore the Delta presents “A Peoples Vision for the Delta”.   A symposium on the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta.   February 28th, 2008 8:00 am to 4:45 pm at Wine & Roses in Lodi.  Topics covering; regional self-sufficiency, managing changing conditions in the Delta, current litigation and potential outcomes, delta conservancy issues, and SWRCB governance reform.  Cost is $ 40.  More info available at www.restorethedelta.org

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Posted 2/1/09 - Department of Water Resources The Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) second snow survey of the winter season indicates snow water content is 61 percent of normal for the date, statewide. “The low precipitation in January and snowpack results from today’s survey indicate California is heading for a third dry year,” said DWR Director Lester Snow.  “We may be at the start of the worst California drought in modern history.  It’s imperative for Californians to conserve water immediately at home and in their businesses.”   Manual survey results were taken at four locations near Lake Tahoe, and combined with electronic readings, indicate a statewide snowpack water content of 61 percent (49 percent in the Northern Sierra, 63 percent in the Central Sierra, and 68 percent in the Southern Sierra.)  Last year at this time, snowpack was 111 percent of normal, but the driest spring on record followed resulting in a second consecutive dry water year.  

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Posted 2/1/09 - Stimulus Bill earmarks $ 50 Million for Delta -

A hefty stimulus bill heading for a Senate vote next week includes $50 million for delta restoration efforts. That makes the delta one of the very few regions nationwide cited for specific assistance in the bill expected to cost well above $800 billion.  "We're pleased to have the money in the stimulus package," said Jeanie Esajian, public information officer for the CALFED Bay-Delta Program.   The $50 million could pay for Bureau of Reclamation levee improvements, habitat restoration, fish screens and other work around the tattered delta, upon which some 22 million California residents rely for at least part of their water supply.  State and federal agencies are collaborating in the long-running environmental effort.  Other California water works, too, would draw funding from the economic stimulus package. The bill, for instance, includes $110 million for small reclamation projects. Many of these are in California, such as water recycling efforts in Santa Clara and the East Bay. - From the Fresno Bee

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Posted 1/30/09 - SNOW SURVEY -   Frank Gehrke, with DWR reported that at the Phillips Station,   Highway 50 and Sierra at Tahoe Road, about 90 miles east of Sacramento, snow depth was 34.6 inches with 13.1 inches of water content or 68 % of the long term average.

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Posted 1/30/09 - UC ESTIMATES WATER RELATED JOB LOSS COULD TOP 40,000 - From the California Farm Bureau Federation - As prospects for growing many of the state’s traditional food crops dry up, the State Board of Food and Agriculture heard sobering reports from farmers, officials, researchers and community leaders on the current water outlook.  “We had a 35 percent water allocation to State Water Project contractors last year, but there’s a high degree of uncertainty for this year,” Lester Snow, state Department of Water Resources director, told the board during a meeting last week in Sacramento. He warned that the project is having a hard time holding on to a 15 percent allocation for 2009.  DWR is working with economists and watershed experts at the University of California, Davis, to develop a statistical model to predict and quantify the economic impacts of drought and other water supply constraints on California agriculture.  UC Davis agricultural economist Richard Howitt told the board that, based on an 85 percent cut in water deliveries for the State Water Project and the federal Central Valley Project, “We’re estimating a 50 percent increase in groundwater pumping, compared to 2005. We’re also factoring in the removal of older permanent crops and the use of stress irrigation, as well as the likelihood of water trades.”  Based on those assumptions, he said, “The take-home message is that we’ll lose $1.15 billion in income to those who live in the Central Valley, a serious loss. The other striking thing is the loss of jobs. We’re going to lose 40,000 jobs, and these are job losses for those who can least afford them in the valley’s small, rural towns.”  “With a zero allocation, you’d be looking at a significant increase in the amount of income lost, the amount of jobs lost,” Gallagher said. “The bottom line is that there are farmers who’ve already done their water plans and their budgets and the simple answer about financing is this: no water, no crops, no revenue, no loan.

“It’s a simple equation,” he said.

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Posted 1/28/09-Stockon Record- Water issues in San Joaquin County floated to the top of the state and federal legislative platforms approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.  The county singled out six priorities, three of which focused on water: flood protection along the Lower San Joaquin River, protection of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and a plan to capture Mokelumne River water.  Click here to learn about the MORE WATER project:   http://tinyurl.com/bpayqr

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Posted 1/27/09 -  300 million in California Crop losses, mild temperatures returning, no more rain in January, second snow survey expected Thursday in the Sierras, Sonoma County Water Agency announces that mandatory water cutbacks are expected.

NOAA - Climate Change has Firm Grip - Scientists agree but the public is still skeptic.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

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Posted 1/26/09 – MORE REASONS TO MAINTAIN ALL OUR EXISTING WATER RIGHTS !  Bay Area more dependent on Bay-Delta Water then our S-Cal friends  By:  Spreck Rosekrans Environmental Defense Fund

It might surprise some people to hear that the Bay Area is slightly more dependent than southern California on diversions from the Bay-Delta. As reported in the 2005 State Water Plan, which used actual data from 1998, 2000 and 2001, the Bay Area gets about 24% of its water from the Delta, compared to 20% for the southern California.

If Los Angeles’ diversions from Mono Lake and the Owens Valley are included, southern California’s dependence on Sierra supplies increases to 27%. Up north, if upstream diversions in the Central Valley watershed (i.e. the East Bay’s Mokelumne River and San Francisco’s Tuolumne River projects) are included, the Bay Area’s dependence on the Bay-Delta and Sierra Nevada increases to 67%.

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Posted 1/20/09- NSJWCD - The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District voted today to move forward with the 09' -10' groundwater charge. Hearings will be conducted in compliance with Water Code and Prop 218 scheduled to begin in mid April.  It is clear that the NSJWCD Board is reaching across the aisle as it committed to contacting the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association in an effort to reach common ground, so future litigation can be avoided and efforts to complete infa-structure can begin to maintain its current water rights.  On-going litigation against the Board, associated with Measure V, spearheaded by Board Member Bryan Pilkington is crippling this organization and its future survival.   At stake is 20,000 acre feet of water (acf) when available.  To put this in perspective the City of Lodi has contracted with Woodbridge Irrigation District for 6,000 acf per year at 1.2 Million dollars, or $ 200.00 per acf.  The future value of this water for your children and generations to come will pay for the infa-structure many times over, our investment today will secure dividends for generations to come.  The water right that NSJWCD has cannot be lost, not only for the residents within the District but for all of us that has a stake in the river and the water it provides.

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Posted 1/16/09 - NSJWCD - The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District Board of Directors will meet in special session at 8:30 am, Tuesday January 20th, 2009, at the Old Lockeford School, 19456 North Jack Tone Rd., Lockeford, California.

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Posted 1/15/09 – ON A LIGHTER NOTE - “There’s a dolphin in the Delta!"

From the Stockton Record -Federal wildlife officials and a rescue group confirmed Wednesday that a bottlenose dolphin has taken up residence - for the past several days, at least - in the brackish channel. It was spotted Saturday off the Brookside levee south of Buckley Cove; it was reportedly seen again Tuesday near the Port of Stockton.   A dolphin might wander this far inland every five to 10 years, one biologist said. Hopefully, that bottlenose soon points back toward the ocean; if not, a rescue may be in order. “We let them do their thing until it looks like their health is taking a turn for the worse,” said Joe Cardaro, a Long Beach-based biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Posted 1/15/09 – DWR -To make the drought conditions very clear, here’s what happened with our reservoirs:  It was the lowest end-of-December storage for Oroville, at 981 Thousand Acre Feet, beating 1990’s 987 TAF.   It was the second lowest end-of-December storage for Folsom, at 218 Thousand Acre Feet, with 1990’s 157.1 TAF being the lowest.  It was the third lowest end-of-December storage for Shasta, at 1,362 Thousand Acre Feet, with 1977 (1,172 TAF) and 1991 (1,302 TAF) being lower.  Drought Impacts Synopsis; Statewide, 21 agencies have implemented some form of mandatory water rationing,  In addition, 61 agencies around the state have implemented some form of voluntary conservation program.  In October, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced an initial allocation of 15 percent for water delivery to the State Water Project (SWP) contractors in 2009. The allocation is the second lowest in the history of the SWP. It reflects the low carryover storage levels in the state’s major reservoirs, ongoing drought conditions with the possibility of another dry year, and court ordered restrictions on water deliveries from the Delta. The Delta serves more than 25 million Californians and millions of acres of farmland.  The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides drinking water to nearly 17 million people, normally obtains 60% of its water from the Delta.

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Posted 1/13/09 - Another warm and dry week on the horizon for California, with temperatures soaring and no rain in sight this is heading to be one of the driest January's on record according to state climatologist Michael Anderson.  With reservoirs well below normal and the sierra snowpack at two thirds.  Potential mandatory statewide rationing, pay as use water pricing from water districts, and the impact to the states 37 billion dollar agriculture will hit home to every Californian soon.

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Posted 1/08/09 - WID - Woodbridge Irrigation District approved a settlement agreement with EBMUD.  WID contends they conserved an additional 3,000 acre feet of water that was made available to EBMUD service area prior to Oct. 1st, 2008, EBMUD argued the amount of water conserved by WID and made available was 725 acre feet (acf).  In dollar value the difference between EBMUD owing WID $ 600,000 or as EBMUD contends $ 145,000 a settlement for $ 300,000 was approved unanimously by the board.  In other items the board decided to file a formal protest against the Jackson Valley Irrigation District, Notice of Petition for Change for Permit # 12167, which would allow the diversion of 3800 acf, 2800 acf which would be stored in Amador Lake under a 1927 State Water right, the decision to file the protest is based on the 1965 agreement with EBMUD which states that any diversions above Camanche may impact WID RBS (regulated base supply) of water.  EBMUD reported that only 239 salmon year to date (ytd) made it back to the hatchery compared with 1046 last year during the same time period, and 171 Steelhead ytd compared to 261 last year.

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Posted 1/06/09 - WID -Woodbridge Irrigation District will hold its regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting Thursday January 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am at the Districts office located at 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. , Woodbridge.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A COPY OF THE AGENDA IN MS WORD

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Posted 1/05/09 - NSJWCD -  The North San Jaoquin Water Conservation District held a special session today; the 08' to 09' budget passed, still in hot debate is the Ground Water Charge, while a small group of dissenters argued the validity of such charges.  It is clear that unless the Board acts quickly to secure funding and outline its plan to build the needed conveyance systems to take advantage of its available water during wet years, inevitably the state will take away its rights, and landowners in the District will be subject to state control of its groundwater.  Another Board meeting is scheduled for 1/20/09 to discuss the procedure to implement the 09'- 10' Groundwater Charge. 

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Posted 1/03/09 – Delta Vison Report submitted to Govenor

A report released Friiday for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, included a 2011 goal to break ground on a new canal system  without the approval of the California Legislature. The system would include a peripheral canal that would channel water from the Sacramento River to huge pumps in the southern delta, as well as strengthened levees that would route water through a central section of the delta. A plan to build a peripheral canal was rejected by voters statewide in 1982.

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Posted 1/03/09 - La-Nina Setting up again - The National Weather Service announced last week that the weather pattern known as La-Nina has taken hold in the Pacific.  Waters cooling along the equatorial line moves the Jet Stream further north bringing dry conditions to California.  Predictions for another Dry year bring serious questions about California's shrinking water supply.

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Posted 1/03/09 - NSJWCD - The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District will meet in special session at 8:30 am Monday January 5th at the Old Lockeford School located at 19456 North Jack Tone Rd. in Lockeford.  Agenda Items include; petition of State Water Resource Control Board for an extension of Mokelumne River water right, 08-09 Budget, billing for the 08-09 groundwater charge and adoption of the ground water charge for 09-10. 

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Posted 12/23/08 - Follow up to Salmon Count Posting

This years Salmon count at the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery as of Dec 8th, 2008 was 225 fish compared with 938 during the same time period last year.  Historically the trends are even more disturbing, the following counts provided by EBMUD.

2003 - 10,241        2006 - 5,841

2004 - 11,944        2007 - 1,519

2005 - 16,128        2008 -    ?

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Posted 12/22/08 - South San Joaquin Irrigation District 

From the Manteca Bulletin 12/22/08 - The SSJID board is meeting Tuesday at 9 p.m. at the district office, 11011 E. Highway 120 to consider adopting the operating budget for 2009.  The water agency expects to generate $28.8 million in revenues in 2009 against $24.6 million in expenses leaving them a $4.2 million cushion. The district is also under taking $20.2 million in capital improvements in 2009.

Read More http://mantecabulletin.com/news/article/200/

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Posted 12/19/08 - STUDYING THE LOWER MOKELUMNE RIVER ECOSYSTEM

Workshop “TREKKING THE LOWER MOKELUMNE RIVER ”   Written by Meg Gonzalez, M.A. Natural Resources and Lynn M. Hansen, M.A. Biological Sciences, for Grades 3-6, CA Science Standards Based Curriculum.

Field Tester Training Workshop  Thursday, February 12, 2009 for more information or to register for the workshop contact: Kathy Grant. City of Lodi Watershed Education Coordinator at kathygrant@sbcglobal.net or call 209.339.8722 or 327.2063 

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Posted 12/17/08 - Governor’s panel says California must fix water system

From the Associated Press

The Delta Vision Committee endorsed a plan that asks California lawmakers to revisit the canal idea that voters rejected long ago. It also promotes building dams, which Democrats oppose, and restoring 100,000 acres of habitat in the delta, where some native fish are struggling to survive.

Tuesday was the final public hearing in a two-year process to come up with ways to restore the ailing delta while shoring up California’s water supplies. The committee will present Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with recommendations by the end of the year.

The panel’s meeting came a day after the Bush administration ordered state and federal officials to drastically reduce the amount of water pumped from the delta in order to save a California native fish from extinction. That decision has left many farmers in the Central Valley and cities in Southern California with the prospect of water shortages next year.

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Posted 12/17/08 - Accept reality of limits in Delta

From Sacramento Bee Editorial

California is on the cusp of crucial decisions about its water future. Plans for new reservoirs and canals are gaining traction, pushed by interests that have the most to lose from court decisions and possible droughts. Before the state plunges feet-first into a new generation of water works, though, it must recognize the limits of its hydrological heart – the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

For far too long, California has treated the Delta and its vast watershed as a resource to be tapped and exploited. Excessive pumping and diversions, from all parts of the vast watershed, have hurt fish and other wildlife. Excessive conversion of wetlands has turned the Delta into a mono-culture of sinking islands, vulnerable to floods and earthquakes. Excessive pollution has made the Delta a filthy place to draw drinking water.

There’s no need to demonize past acts. Water agencies built water pumps, farmers converted wetlands and cities built sewage plants long before anyone recognized the Delta as a fragile ecosystem – our version of the Everglades.

But we know better now – or at least we should. As The Bee’s Matt Weiser wrote in a special report on Sunday, “Recent events have revealed the truth: California is reaching the limit of its water supplies, and the economy and environment are suffering for it.”

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Posted 12/15/08 – More Great Resources – Everything Delta Related Check it out at the Sacramento Bee.

http://www.sacbee.com/delta/

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Posted 12/11/08 – Woodbridge Irrigation District

In its regularly scheduled board meeting, Russ Taylor of EBMUD reported that Pardee Reservoir is currently at 84 % capacity and Camanche Reservoir is at 33 % capacity.  Current releases from Camanche are at 225 CFS.  As of Dec 8th, 2008 only 225 Salmon had returned to the Mokelumne Fish Hatchery compared with 938 last year during the same time period.

In other matters the Board approved adoption and implementation of Government Code 54957.5(b)(2) which requires, local agencies to officially designate the location where its records are available for public inspection under the California Public Records Act, and Which requires the District to list the address of that location on the Board agenda.

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Posted 12/08/08 - WID

Woodbridge Irrigation District will hold its regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting Thursday December 11th, 2008 at 9:00 am at the Districts office located at 18777 N. Lower Sacramento Rd. , Woodbridge.

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Posted 12/4/08 - NSJWCD

The regular scheduled board meeting will be held on Tuesday December 9th at 8:30 am at the Mokelumne Rural Fire District located at 13157 E Brandt Rd. in Lockeford

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Posted 12/4/08 - Fridays Delta Vision Committee meeting will be Webcast on  http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=53674

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Posted 12/1/08 - NSJWCD

The regularly scheduled meeting of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District scheduled for December 2nd, 2008 has been rescheduled to December 9th, 2008.  Meeting time, place and agenda to follow.

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Posted 11/24/08

From the Lodi News Sentinel

Water on the way North San Joaquin Water Conservation Districts (NSJWCD) projects at a glance

Groundwater charge revenue: About $600,000.
South pumping station fish screen: $170,000.
South pipeline rehabilitation: $120,000.
Rent for Tecklenburg and Hammer basins: $20,000.
Borings and engineering: $40,000.
Pipeline to Tecklenburg property: $276,000.
Election cost for Measure V: About $100,000.
Administration: $40,000.
Some of the projects will be funded by money to be collected from the 2008-09 groundwater charge, which hasn't been collected yet.

 

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Posted 11/6/08 -

From the Lodi News Sentinel

Lodi City Council -  Council Oks seeking grant fund for fix of Pig's Lake bank erosion.

Pig's Lake, a small pond bordering the eastern side of Lodi Lake's Nature Area, has been incurring a breakdown of the soil separating the pond from the Mokelumne River, losing over 500 feet in the past several years. Temporary repair costs could run from $10,000 to $50,000. Rodems went on to say that permanent repairs on the Mokelumne River's south bank would cost up to $1.6 million.   In the end, a resolution was unanimously passed by the City Council to approve grant applications to be submitted for California River Parkways and Urban Streams Restoration funds.

IN OTHER ACTION

City Council tabled a request by NSJWCD of an offer to purchase 500 acre feet of water for $ 25,000.00, or $ 50.00 per acre foot.   This is water that the City of Lodi has already purchased and banked under its agreement with the Woodbridge Irrigation District, which costs the City of Lodi $ 200.00 per acre foot.

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Posted 11/5//08 - North San Joaquin Water Conservation District (NSJWC) - Board of Directors Meetings.  The NSJWCD will hold its next regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting on December 2nd, 2008 at 8:30 am in the City of Lodi Public Library located at 201 W. Locust St, Lodi in the Bud Sullivan Room.  If you have any questions please contact Ed Steffani at 333-7473.

The NSJWCD holds its regularly scheduled Board meetings the first Tuesday the months of March, June, September and December.

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Posted 11/4/08

Lodi City Council - Wednesday 11/5/08 7:00 pm

Consider an offer from North San Joaquin Water Conservation District to purchase 500 acre feet of water from the city of Lodi.

Discuss the erosion issue that threatens Pigs Lake in Lodi Lake Park.
Where and when: 7 p.m., Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St., Lodi.
 

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Posted 10/31/08

Placer County Water Agency one Time Water Sale

From the PCWA OCT - NOV Newsletter

One-Time Water Sale. The PCWA Board of Directors in August agreed to market 20,000 acre-feet of surplus water from the Middle Fork American River Project to the Westlands Water District for $125 per acre-foot. The $2.5 million one-time transfer was scheduled to begin in September and be completed by Dec. 31.

In the same news letter:  Public Hearings Scheduled

Board of Directors Considers - Rate Adjustments for 2009

Like other organizations in the public and private sectors,  PCWA is facing rising costs of doing business.  As part of a budget and rate process that began this summer, PCWA is studying and evaluating the need for 2009 water rate adjustments.  Preliminary projections by the agency’s financial staff indicated rate increases in the 3-4 percent range may be needed for the agency to keep pace with increasing costs and to maintain good levels of public service. Actual increases will be decided by the board this fall.  The PCWA Board of Directors on Aug. 21 initiated a 45-day public outreach process to notify customers that water rate increases will be considered for 2009.

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Posted 10/25/08

California slashes supply to state water districts

Posted by: Aqua Blog Maven on October 28, 2008 at 6:21 am

From CBS5:

After two extremely dry years, CBS 5 has learned that California will drastically slash the amount of water it gives to districts statewide.

In what could be the worst crisis in Decades, the California Department of Water Resources tells CBS 5 it will cut supplies to water districts by 85 to 90 percent.

“It’s pretty serious right now…California has had its second critically dry year. We are looking at going into a third potentially dry year. We have actually drawn down our reservoirs…we are actually having difficulties delivering water this year,” said Wendy Marin of the California Department of Water Resources.

From the Sierra, through the mighty Sacramento San Joaquin Delta and along the California Aqueduct, the State delivers water for drinking and irrigation to 25 million Californians each year. There are 29 state agencies that deliver this water and every one will see huge cutbacks beginning January 1st.

 

 

Posted 10/24/08

With both sides in the Measure V struggle circling the wagons its a great time to ask everyone to stop for a moment and enter the Water Calculator and look at your own individual water usage, than make changes to make a difference.

http://www.h20conserve.org

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Posted 10/18/08

City of Lodi Storm Drain Detectives have started to monitor water Quality at various locations on the Mokelumne River.

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California Coast Cleanup Day on September 20 at Lodi Lake

 

The 24th annual California Coastal Cleanup's was held last Saturday.  For the second time in 6 years a Lodi resident ( Jane Tyack ) will be awarded $ 50 for the "Most Unusual Item Found" contest.  Tyack, found a black Gucci purse on the west side of Lodi Lake, in the water, home to a female Crawdad and her clutch of eggs.  The creature was released back into the lake, and the purse was removed.  
 
About 110 volunteers showed up to clean the river, lake and park area.   
 
A big thanks to Sierra Adventure Outfitters and the Kayaking Club, who had 20 kayaks on the water, Downtown Starbucks for the coffee and treats, Mackey Family for juice and fruit, Wong Family for their hard work at Command Central, SJC Public Works who delivered an extra 30 tee-shirts at the last minute and finally the City of Lodi Parks employees, Dan and Elias, who made the day possible with their hauling of filled bags to the trash.  740 pounds of trash, including 100 lbs of recyclable material was collected ad removed from the area.

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Posted September 8, 2008

 

John Wookey WID Operations Manager, explains to guests the operations of the Fish Screen.

 

WID General Manager Anders Christinsen and Board President Bill Stokes with help from the Chamber and fellow Board members dedicates the completion of the Lower Mokelumne River Restoration Project with a symbolic ribon cutting on Sunday.

 

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Posted September 8, 2008

 

"City of Lodi begins construction on the expansion of the Lodi Lake Boat House and Discovery center, when complete the City looks forward to expanding current usages of Kayaks and Boats and becoming the recreational hub for the Lodi Lake and Mokelumne River "

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Posted September 4, 2008

 

NSJWD (North San Joaquin Water District) is requesting the City of Lodi to give it 1,000 acre-feet of water free of charge to help replenish the areaʼs groundwater basin. The North San Joaquin Water District voted on Tuesday to send a letter to the Lodi City Council requesting the water and a spot on an upcoming council agenda. The water would be a one-time allocation.

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Normal year flows

Posted August 12, 2008

 

WID official President Bill Stokes just received word that flows on the Mokelumne River will increase to normal year flows.  EBMUD & WID has been operating on modified dry year request as per agreement.  Flows on the river have been averaging approximately 130 cubic feet per second (cfs) and should increase shortly to 180 cfs. 

 

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