Water officials create plan to analyze Martis Valley water flows | SierraSun.com

Water officials create plan to analyze Martis Valley water flows

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Regional utility officials have agreed to a $750,000 groundwater management plan for the Martis Valley, much of it paid through federal grants, officials recently announced.

According to a Feb. 16 press release, the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, Northstar Community Services District and Placer County Water Agency have partnered on the plan and have contracted Brown and Caldwell, with local Truckee-based Balance Hydrologics as a sub-contractor, to develop the groundwater model and public outreach.

and#8220;The development of a world-class groundwater model and associated groundwater management plan for the Martis Valley basin is a big step in managing this critical resource,and#8221; said Brian Martin, director of technical services for PCWA, lead agency in the effort. and#8220;PCWA, Truckee Donner PUD and Northstar CSD all share responsibility in the protection of our local water supply and water quality, and we take this responsibility very seriously.and#8221;

The three water entities will split the $250,000 price tag to retrofit current water supplies, with TDPUD providing $150,000, Northstar CSD paying $60,000 and PCWA paying $40,000. A $500,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation makes up the rest.

and#8220;The Martis Valley aquifer is very complex, and fully understanding our water supply and potential impacts to water quality is very hard to do without good science,and#8221; said Michael Holley, general manager of Truckee Donner PUD. and#8220;We are thrilled to be part of this collaborative effort which will enable us to be better stewards of the aquifer for decades to come.and#8221;

The Martis Valley aquifer includes a 35,000-acre area in both Placer and Nevada counties. It is the main water supply for numerous public and private entities. The plan is an attempt to preserve the aquifer for future generations through a detailed knowledge of current water resources and their management.

and#8220;Having access to the resources at the Bureau of Reclamation and the Desert Research Institute for our groundwater model will really help our communities understand the aquifer,and#8221; said Mike Staudenmayer, Northstar CSD general manager. and#8220;We expect to have a robust public outreach effort during this entire project to make sure that we are involving all stakeholders.and#8221;

According to the press release, creation of the groundwater management plan is expected to take two years.

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