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Woodbridge Irrigation District discusses Lodi Lake, Mokelumne pulse flows

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Posted: Friday, November 13, 2009 12:00 am

Ways to save money, the lowering of Lodi Lake and the success of pulse flows in the Mokelumne River were all topics at Thursday's Woodbridge Irrigation District board of directors meeting.

General manager Andy Christensen said the district is exploring the possibility of purchasing its fuel from the Arco station across the street instead of storing fuel on-site. He said that while they would still have and store diesel fuel, removing the gasoline tanks on the property could reduce the risk of liabilities.

"Our goal is to get rid of those gas tanks out there," Christensen said. "They are out-dated, and they represent a liability."

Lodi Lake was also a topic.

For the last several years, lowering the level of Lodi Lake has been an annual occurrence. This year the level of the lake is dropping because the city of Lodi is connecting to Woodbridge Dam.

"Dropping the lake level will aid them in construction," Christensen said. He said construction of the dam took place from 2003 to 2006, and that it was impossible to keep the lake full during that time. In 2007, the parks department requested that the lake be lowered to build a boathouse.

"If you look at the history; there has been no opportunities to keep the lake full," Christensen said.

The board also discussed the success of pulse flows in the Mokelumne River in early October. The Mokelumne River's salmon count is up to 1,600. Last year's season saw 308 salmon in the river.

Jordan Guinn

Memorial honoring Larry Canfield dedicated

A memorial honoring Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Canfield was dedicated Thursday, one year after the Galt resident was killed in a motorcycle collision while pursing a speeding motorist in Rancho Cordova.

The memorial, at Coloma Road and Sierra Madre Court in Rancho Cordova, was built by Canfield's family and friends near the collision site.

"I thought of building a memorial at the crash site about nine months ago," Canfield's wife, Michelle, said in a news release. "I want people to remember the wonderful man we all lost. When people see the memorial, I want them to remember Larry, but I also want them to remember to always be careful and drive safely."

Ross Farrow

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