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Joe Valente was appointed to fulfill Bryan Pilkington's seat on
the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District. Valente has
experience on several area agricultural boards, including the
California State Farm Bureau, the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau
and the Lodi Grape commission. He is a Tokay High School graduate
and still helps out with ag programs and Future Farmers of America
at the school. The board selected him over retired teacher Toni
Miller for Valente's experience working with the state and his
knowledge of pumps and pipelines.
The board agreed to pay Robert and Tasha Hammer the cost of
restoring their property in Lockeford. The land was lease by the
district for underground recharge since 2005, at which time the
district leveled the area. The district will pay $5,525 to return
the property to its condition before the lease was entered
Additionally, an agreement between the district and the state,
known as the Cal-Fed recharge project agreement, was unanimously
terminated. The agreement involved a state grant totaling $148,000,
which the district used to purchase, install and maintain a fish
screen, a pumping plant and point diversion equipment. While the
grant is now terminated, the infrastructure still belongs to the
district and can be used for groundwater extraction when
"That door is still open," said vice president Joe Petersen. "Now
we just have to get our act together and get going on it."
— Sara Jane Pohlman
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 12:00 am
When the board of directors gave the green light on the Tracy
Lakes project Thursday, they created the first improvement district
of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District.
"We are coming here with $636,000, we want to do the project, we
want to make this district successful," said Dan Leonard, a
landowner on the Tracy Lakes side.
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