Monday, August 26, 2013 1:11 pm
The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board will hear an update on the Tracy Lake groundwater recharge project and discuss the county Groundwater Banking Authority’s proposed recharge project at tonight’s board of directors meeting.
Saturday, August 10, 2013 12:00 am
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is merely a legal stepping stone in the environmental and ecological process leading to the confirmation of the Twin Tunnel Peripheral Canal. Unlike 41 years ago, we won’t get to vote down this water grab.
Sunday, July 28, 2013 6:17 pm
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board members will discuss whether to participate in a demonstration groundwater recharge project to produce more well water in north San Joaquin County.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 am
San Joaquin County has a groundwater ordinance that precludes the export of water out of this county.
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
It’s a dry year. There was barely four inches of rain from January to June. It’s also the second year that the San Joaquin Water Conservation District has no water to sell, despite its written promise of 20,000 acre-feet of water each year. That leaves the district with virtually no way to bring in money.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:00 am
The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District is looking to sell Mokelumne River water to the city of Lodi with the help of the Woodbridge Irrigation District. If the deal goes through, it could be a big boost for North San Joaquin, which has struggled with operational and political turmoil in recent years.
Saturday, October 6, 2012 12:00 am
A recent Record (AP) article, "Drought a boon for fix-it firms," addressed the serious problem of lack of water causing serious settling or "subsidence" damage to many homes. The article was from St. Louis, Mo., but could just as well been from Morada and San Joaquin County.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 12:00 am
A recent conversation with some neighbors brought up the question, "Why should Morada care about a peripheral canal one way or another?"
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 12:00 am
Plans are moving along for the Tracy Lake Project, staff of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District said Monday.
Monday, May 21, 2012 12:00 am
As the only Democrat in the 5th Senate District race, Cathleen Galgiani faces a likely battle with either Republican Bill Berryhill or Leroy Ornellas in November's general election.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:00 am
Taking advantage of what looks to be a dry year, the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District agreed to take extra time to consider several budget items instead of rushing their decisions.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 12:00 am
Joe Petersen has a major clean-up job ahead of him. As the new
president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, the
responsibility falls to him to provide the district with direction,
and to identify any and all resources under his command to keep the
district out of the red.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:00 am
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.
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.
Thursday, July 7, 2011 6:21 am
Bryan Pilkington may not be chairman of the North San Joaquin
Water Conservation District much longer.
After missing a second consecutive district meeting without
notifying directors he would be absent, the remaining four
directors voted 3-1 on Wednesday evening to consider appointing a
new chairman at the next meeting. Director Marden Wilbur voted
against the motion.
Monday, June 13, 2011 12:00 am
This letter is in reference to the North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District website dated May 2010, Issue 04: "The NSJWCD
has applied for a 50-percent matching grant from the Federal Bureau
of Reclamation for a $700,000 recharge and irrigation project at
Tracy Lakes, near the west end of Jahant Road. The local match will
be funded with revenue from the Groundwater Charge if Measure C is
approved by the voters on June 8. (2010)." (Measure C failed.)
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 12:00 am
The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District has been
awarded a $300,000 grant for a surface water project and may need
to turn to the law firm it fired to help it collect the money.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:00 am
On behalf of North San Joaquin Water Conservation District
members, we thank Board Member Joe Petersen for bringing up the
subject of Director Bryan Pilkington’s protest against the
district’s application to the State Water Resources Control Board.
I have not seen that protest against a Petition to Change Water
Right Permit 10477 (App. 12842).
Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi City Council members Susan Hitchcock and JoAnne Mounce got
it right when they opposed a water treatment plant.
Friday, March 11, 2011 12:00 am
Local officials gathered near Lodi Lake to celebrate the
groundbreaking of a new $36.5 million water treatment plant and sip
bottled Mokelumne River water.
The start of the plant comes after eight years of intense
arguments about how to use water purchased from Woodbridge
Irrigation at the cost of $1.2 million a year.
"After the dust has settled, I'm sure the citizens of Lodi will
recognize our foresight during the past eight years," Mayor Bob
Thursday, March 3, 2011 12:00 am
During a foggy morning off Forest Lake Road, red-tailed hawks
perch on fenceposts while American widgeons bob along the currents
of Tracy Lake. The ephemeral lake is created by rainfall and excess
flows from the Mokelumne River and Jahant Slough.
By mid-summer, the bed will be dry as water evaporates and the
rest seeps into the earth. But several surrounding property owners
see the lake as part of the solution to the region’s dwindling
While the plan remains very tentative, it is straightforward:
Farmers would draw water from the lake throughout the year instead
of pumping from the ground like they currently do. Supporters claim
it would benefit everyone in the region because it would help the
embattled district keep its water right and reduce water being
pumped from the ground. Growers and grant money would fund the
construction of the infrastructure.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:00 am
The board of directors for the North San Joaquin Water
Conservation District knows its options are limited.
Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am
Two prominent North San Joaquin Water Conservation District
employees are threatening to quit unless its board of directors
appoints a new president. The district’s water master, Pete
Weinzheimer, and general manager Ed Steffani announced in a Letter
to the Editor published in Saturday’s News-Sentinel that they would
resign from their respective positions unless board president Bryan
Pilkington is removed as leader.
Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:00 am
We write today to announce and explain our resignations from the
North San Joaquin Water Conservation District. (Ed Steffani, 78, is
part-time manager, employed for 11 years. Pete Weinzheimer, 74, is
full-time water master, employed by the district for 35 years.)
We'll continue for a short time to organize files, move equipment
and operate the Cal Fed recharge project.
Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:00 am
With Tuesday’s election, critics of the contentious North San
Joaquin Water Conservation District are now in a position to
control its future.