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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Fri Jan 20, 2012.

Joe Petersen, the new president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, has a big job ahead of him.

In about six months’ time, he’s got to face the State Water Resources Control Board and persuade them his district has a right to a consistent water supply. At the same time, Petersen has to persuade the community that the district is organized and focused enough to manage the distribution of 20,000 acre-feet of Mokelumne River water.

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1 comment:

  • roy bitz posted at 8:16 pm on Fri, Jan 20, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I have attended several NSJWCD meetings to gain a better understanding of our local water resources. I totally support the new management team in their efforts to preserve the district's allocation of river water during "wet years".
    Now--regarding Lodi's new surface water treatment plant---it will treat 6,000 afa of river water annulally-- 3% of the 200,000 ground water over draft..
    The entire city of Lodi uses about 16,000 acre feet annually---8% of the overdraft.
    Overdraft is a rural problem--not a city problem.
    In my opinion, three city councilmen misled us regarding the desperate need for this plant. and never told us it would only save 3% of the ground water overdraft.
    Mr.Peterson states---this plant is stupid at this time.
    This plant will cost city of Lodi rate payers about five million dollars a year in today's money--for at least thirty years--it's s "drop in the bucket"---3% of the problem-- but a great cost.to city rate payers.
    Worth noting--- the State of California uses over sixty million afa --not sixteen million as stated in this article.



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