Lodi City Coun­cil gets water up­date

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Oula Miq­bel NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

The Lodi City Coun­cil re­ceived an up­date on the city’s Ground­wa­ter Sus­tain­abil­ity Plan dur­ing Tues­day morn­ing’s shirt­sleeve meet­ing at Carnegie Fo­rum. The plan is ex­pected to go to a vote at tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Kahrs, Lodi’s waste­water treat­ment plant su­per­vi­sor, the city is re­quired to sub­mit its ground­wa­ter plan to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Water Re­sources be­fore the Jan­uary dead­line.

The city was man­dated to de­velop a plan af­ter for­mer Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Sus­tain­able Ground­wa­ter Man­age­ment

Act into law in 2014.

The act re­quires lo­cal water agencies to form ground­wa­ter sus­tain­abil­ity agencies and de­velop plans to ad­dress shrink­ing ground­wa­ter basins by Jan. 1, 2020.

Lodi is one of 17 ground­wa­ter sus­tain­abil­ity agencies that make up the East­ern San Joaquin Ground­wa­ter Au­thor­ity. The city, along with 16 other stake­hold­ers, has com­pleted its man­age­ment plan and is look­ing to the coun­cil for ap­proval.

“A con­sul­tant was hired to as­sist with draft­ing the GSP to en­sure we in­cluded all the in­for­ma­tion that was needed for it,” Kahrs said.

The ground­wa­ter plan will pro­vide back­ground in­for­ma­tion about each basin, its ground­wa­ter con­di­tions, and its sus­tain­abil­ity goal.

Mon­i­tor­ing net­works are also in­cluded in the plan to as­sess and com­pile data about ground­wa­ter lev­els. There will be an­nual re­ports and pe­ri­od­i­cal eval­u­a­tions made by the agencies.

The agencies will also de­velop in­ter-agency and basin-wide agree­ments to pre­vent is­sues like over­draft­ing and salt­wa­ter in­tru­sion.

Kahrs be­lieves that once the basins adopt the plan, the next steps will be cre­at­ing more cap­tur­ing sys­tems that will col­lect stormwa­ter dur­ing wet years, re­duc­ing over­all water use, recharg­ing ground­wa­ter, and re­pair­ing ex­ist­ing water in­fra­struc­ture to re­duce waste.

The Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Water Re­sources will eval­u­ate each plan as part of the process.

The state’s ground­wa­ter agencies must col­lect and com­pile data on his­toric and cur­rent ground­wa­ter lev­els, water qual­ity, the in­terac­tion of ground and sur­face water, and his­toric and pro­jected sup­ply and de­mand.

The ground­wa­ter sus­tain­abil­ity pro­ject is pro­jected to cost the 17 East­ern San Joaquin GSAs ap­prox­i­mately $2.176 mil­lion.

Fund­ing of $1.5 mil­lion was granted to the East­ern San Joaquin Ground­wa­ter Basin through Propo­si­tion 1B. The re­main­ing $676,420 came from the San Joaquin County Zone 2 con­tri­bu­tion and au­thor­ity mem­bers. As an au­thor­ity mem­ber, Lodi was re­spon­si­ble for $11,664 of the pro­ject.

A draft of the GSP was provided to the com­mu­nity through the city web­sites. Lodi held a public meet­ing on March 26 at Hutchins Street Square to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to res­i­dents about the man­date and the city’s pro­posed plan of ac­tion.

“The com­ments given to us by the public were taken into ac­count when we fi­nal­ized the draft,” Kahrs said.

Jane Wag­ner-Ty­ack, a water pol­icy an­a­lyst and com­mu­ni­ca­tion con­sul­tant, said she felt the city’s plan met the GSP cri­te­ria and ad­dressed cit­i­zen con­cerns.

Wag­ner-Ty­ack said the GSP in­cluded the devel­op­ment of new projects that fo­cus on water con­ser­va­tion, recycling water, and in-basin trans­fers of sur­face water, with­out ex­haust­ing the re­gion's ground­wa­ter.

A copy of the plan can be found on­line at

https://bit.ly/2qk1a0I. To­day’s city coun­cil meet­ing will be held at Carnegie Fo­rum, 307 W. Pine St., Lodi at 7 p.m.

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