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North San Joaquin Water Conservation District works to straighten up financial records

Tracy Lake groundwater recharge project gets the nod to move ahead

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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:13 am, Tue Nov 29, 2011.

Commencing the first meeting with a full board in several weeks, the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District set steps in motion to clean up its financial records and move forward on the Tracy Lake project.

A financial statement for the district covering July 1 to Nov. 28 was released at the meeting. The board and several community members were confused by some line items on the statement.

Under the utilities heading, for example, it was unclear which items referred to which pump, making it difficult for members of the board to understand how much running each pump was costing them. Also, it was unclear which items were included under the heading “Utilities-Other.”

The statement was not accepted, but was tabled to be reviewed at a future meeting.

“We’re going to clean this up so we know exactly what this is,” said director and board secretary Mark Beck.

Watermaster Richard Cropper will meet with the district’s accountant to to provide more information on the financial statement, such as describing the specific location of each pump.

The board appointed a Budget Study Committee consisting of Beck, director and board vice president Joe Petersen, and community members Robb Hoag and Steve Raddigan to review the fiscal year 2011-12 budget and compare it to the financial statements to see how closely the district is following its plan.

“I just want to gather information to form a sound financial plan to present to the board,” said Beck.

If interested, the general public is welcome to attend the review meeting. The time and date of the meeting is not yet set, but the information will soon be available on the district’s website, www.nsjgroundwater.org.

A proposal by Robertson-Bryan, Inc., to provide the scope of work for engineering services for the Tracy Lake Groundwater Recharge Project was rejected by the board. The proposal included several items regarding engineering and grant management.

This was all considered preliminary work, and the board wants to see it re-organized into a separate proposal for the pre-design phase of the project. This information will be paired with a scope of work and cost estimate for California Environmental Quality Act Compliance as well as environmental permits for the project.

The Tracy Lake project will divert water from the Mokelumne River into the Tracy Lake area to irrigate nearby vineyards and help recharge the groundwater table in that region.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • roy bitz posted at 8:06 pm on Tue, Nov 29, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 489

    It is good to see this group taking care of business.
    I hope they can preserve the 20,000 acre feet of river water rights ( in wet years) as this is about 10% of the area ground water overdraft.
    To put things into perspective----Lodi buys 6,000 acre feet of river water annually and has built a massive "treat and dirnk" river water treatment plant---3% of the over draft---at great cost to rate payers----about five million dollars a year for the next forty years.
    My point is this:
    Three council gentlemen have forced this massive "treat and drink" surface water plant we do not need and may never need.
    We cannot put toothpaste back in the tube--we cannot unbuild this plant--I just want to know how much money this project has cost so far--- how much it will cost going forward--and how it benefits rate payers.
    Please---councilfolk---ciity manager---LNS---anyone---tell us this is a good investment



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