default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Galt may rejoin Sacramento-area water organization

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 10:00 pm

GALT - In a shift in policy direction, the city of Galt may soon become a player in Sacramento-area water issues.

Mayor Darryl Clare announced at a special forum on water Tuesday that he will ask the City Council to resume membership in an organization called the Sacramento Water Forum, a coalition of water purveyors, cities, counties, developers and environmental interests.

While Galt is in generally good shape regarding its water supply in quality, the city and surrounding rural areas must be vigilant to make sure it stays that way, said city, county and regional water experts at Tuesday's community forum in the Anthony Pescetti Community Room at the Galt police station.

"If you're not at the table, you will be on the menu," Clare told about 20 people who showed up to the forum.

Speakers included Doug Gault, the city of Galt's public works director; Herb Niederberger, chief of Sacramento County's Division of Water Resources; Jim McCormack, a consultant for the Sacramento Water Forum; and Gerald Schwartz, Central Valley liaison for the East Bay Municipal Utility District.

"I believe that regional planning is absolutely essential," Clare said.

The Water Forum agreement, signed in 2000 by 40 cities, counties, developers, water purveyors and environmentalists, covered ways to provide a reliable and safe water supply for the Sacramento region to 2030, and to preserve fish, wildlife, recreational and aesthetic values for the American River.

While the city participated in earlier discussions, Galt is not a partner in the agreement. The City Council voted in 1999 to terminate its participation in the Water Forum after the forum requested $8,800 for the 1999-2000 fiscal year to continue its membership.

The late Mayor Tony Gora said at the time the city shouldn't spend that kind of money when he didn't see a real benefit to Galt.

McCormack added that rejoining the Water Forum could enable Galt to gain support from the county and neighboring communities for state and federal water grants.

Rural areas outside Galt have formed a joint-powers authority to explore ways to replenish the groundwater basin. The Galt Irrigation District, which serves unincorporated areas north, east and west of Galt, has joined neighboring Clay and Omochumne-Hartnell water districts to maintain its well water.

Called the Southeast Sacramento County Agricultural Water Authority, the three districts may be in line for a $1.2 million grant to conduct an 18-month study on the feasibility of removing some small dams on the Cosumnes River so that river water could flow onto adjacent land, said Larry Rodriguez, an Elk Grove consultant hired by the three districts.

Water spread onto land near the Cosumnes would then seep underground and help replenish the water table, Rodriguez said.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


Popular Stories


Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 37


Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists