Water officials create plan to analyze Martis Valley water flows | SierraSun.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Water officials create plan to analyze Martis Valley water flows

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

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.


Support Local Journalism

 

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User