Placer County Water Agency Updates
AUBURN -- The Placer County Water Agency releases water from its Middle Fork American River Project to meet water needs in Placer County. In dry years the Agency can release additional water to also benefit the fishery of the lower American River. This is part of PCWA's commitment to regional collaboration in the Sacramento Water Forum agreement.
Under actions taken Thursday (Feb. 7) by the PCWA Board of Directors, the agency has taken steps to sell some of that additional dry year water to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) once it flows out of the lower American River. PCWA Director of Strategic Affairs Einar Maisch said, "Staff has been working closely with representatives of EBMUD and it appears that our commitment to release water for lower American River fishery benefits matches very closely with customer needs during dry years in that district." He said the two agencies are working on terms of a long-term supply contract but that amounts, prices and other details have yet to be determined.
Maisch also reported that the agency anticipates it may need to spend around $5 million to meet new criteria of the State Water Resources Control Board to achieve renewal of agency water rights of the Middle Fork American River Project. The Board of Directors approved a $1 million budget transfer to fund the next phase in the water rights renewal process.
In other business, PCWA directors:
- approved the sale of up to 73.5 miner's inches of irrigation water in areas west of Newcastle where service restrictions and a waiting list have been in effect because of capacity issues on the Banvard and Lower Banvard canals. PCWA has made significant improvements to the canals and water users have improved private systems to allow for the higher flows. The water will be offered to existing customers, new customers and winter water users. Customers are being notified of the change; prospective customers are invited to contact PCWA Customer Services.
- heard a presentation from John Kingsbury, executive director of the Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA), of which PCWA is a longtime active member. Kingsbury briefed the board on the group's recent accomplishments and announced a Mar. 15 conference in Auburn that is expected to attract water leaders from across the state.
- heard a briefing from Deputy Director of Customer Services Linda Yager on the agency's upcoming "Green Gardener at Home" series of classes on effective landscaping and efficient water use. The 10-week Tuesday evening series starts Feb. 26. Space is limited. For information and registration, call PCWA Customer Services at (530) 823-4850 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- welcomed guest Elisa Noble, who is the new district manager for the Placer County Resource Conservation District. She joined the district in January.
The PCWA Board of Directors will next meet in adjourned session at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. The next regular meeting of the PCWA board is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. PCWA board meetings are open to the public. Information on PCWA board meetings may be obtained through the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4850 or (800) 464-0030. PCWA information is also posted at www.pcwa.net.
Print This Article
Placer County News HeadlinesYour Aging Genes and Risk of DementiaUC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli will discuss "Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia" during the Community Discovery Lecture Series on Thursday, May 8
America's ClayFest II in RosevilleThe Art League of Lincoln in conjunction with Blue Line Arts will be holding the second annual art show and competition at the beautiful Blue Line Arts in Roseville, CA
Placer Pops Chorale Spring Concert SeriesTickets are still available for the popular Placer Pops Chorale Spring Concert Series, directed by Lorin Miller, but hurry - they're going fast!
Chocolate Fest in Paradise May 10thExperience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise/Magalia ridge nestled among tall green pines in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley
Big DoG Countdown: Soldiers ProjectBig DoG Countdown: Learn how Soldiers Project impacts your community.
Big DoG Countdown: KidsFirstBig DoG Countdown: Learn about how KidsFirst impacts your community.
End of Life Planning: A Difficult Subject for ManyIt is often difficult to imagine your end of life care-or end of life care for a loved one-in the event you or your loved one becomes incapable of making health care decisions.
STEM Collaborative Teaches Critical ThinkingAt the final session of the Sierra College STEM Collaborative ACTivATE nine-month professional development program on teaching applied critical thinking, Sierra College and high school instructors reported
Northern California National Day of Prayer BreakfastThis year's keynote speaker is atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune. He is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books
Irrigation Workshop Helps Landowners and AG ProducersAUBURN, Calif. - More than 25 ag producers and landowners from Placer County participated in an irrigation workshop recently hosted by the Placer Resource Conservation District (RCD).
Justice Center in Roseville Refinancing Boosts County RatingPlacer County earned a significant savings and a higher credit rating recently when it refinanced municipal bonds originally issued to help finance construction of buildings in North Auburn and Roseville
Big DoG Countdown: Placer Food BankBig DoG Countdown: Learn about how Placer Food Bank impacts your community.