BOARDS POSTPONE WATER-PLAN VOTE.
Byline: Eugene Tong Staff Writer
SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - The Castaic Lake Castaic Lake is a lake on Castaic Creek formed by Castaic Dam, in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, near the town of Castaic. The 323,700 acre foot lake (399,000,000 m³) is the terminus of the West Branch of the California Aqueduct, though some comes from the 154 mi² Water Agency and Newhall County Water District boards postponed a vote on a regional water-plan update projecting supply and how much growth the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. can accommodate over the next 25 years.
Newhall water board President Maria Gutzeit requested a delay Wednesday because board member Randall Pfiester was absent, and the document should be voted on by the full board. Also, several CLWA CLWA Chip-Level Weibull Analysis
CLWA Children living with AIDS (Lancaster, OH) directors wanted additional time to review last-minute comments submitted by critics and supporters alike.
Both panels closed the public hearing to lock the document, then scheduled a final vote for Nov. 9.
``I think we made the right decision,'' CLWA board President William Pecsi said after the meeting. ``There (was) some information that members of the board needed to look at.''
But Pecsi also urged swift passage.
``It's only a planning document. To what level do you have to have a planning document before you can vote in favor of it?''
Still, critics who found the figures presented suspect urged officials to take their time.
``To me, that just indicates that, Everything is fine, folks. We're going to pass this plan tonight,'' said Ed Dunn, a former board member at both agencies who is currently running for the Newhall water board. ``Don't just brush it aside and say everything is fine. ... We have to admit honesty in numbers in numbered parts; as, a book published in numbers.
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See : Time document predicts that regional water demand could spike by 2030 to 138,300 acre-feet per year as the Santa Clarita Valley's population jumps from 250,000 currently to more than 428,000.
Meanwhile, local water supply from all current sources - including allocations from the State Water Project, groundwater and recycled sources - is projected at 125,680 acre-feet for 2030. Proposed transfer deals, water-banking programs and decontamination decontamination /de·con·tam·i·na·tion/ (de?kon-tam-i-na´shun) the freeing of a person or object of some contaminating substance, e.g., war gas, radioactive material, etc.
n. of polluted wells could add about 86,700 acre-feet.
An acre-foot is the amount of water required to cover one acre one foot deep, or 325,851 gallons.
Groups ranging from the Sierra Club Sierra Club, national organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation and expansion of the world's parks, wildlife, and wilderness areas. Founded (1892) in California by a group led by the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir, the Sierra Club , the California Water Impact Network and the Santa Clarita Valley Well Owners Association said officials misstated supply in the water plan; it included figures from draft state reports and water transfers disputed in court.
But CLWA officials said the plan is legally valid.
``This will be the most reviewed water management plan in California,'' CLWA director William Cooper There are several people called William Cooper:
Judy Reinsmar of the well owners group said usage from rural private wells remains underreported. She cited a May 2005 water report that estimated they accounted for 500 acre-feet, but an informal survey the association conducted along Bouquet and San Francisquito canyons totaled more than 1,000 acre-feet.
``We're not against the growth, but we don't want to dry up our wells,'' Reinsmar said after the meeting.
Officials said the discrepancy lies in separate tallies between residential, business and agricultural uses, and would consider offering assistance on future surveys.
``We have to accommodate the private users,'' said Newhall Water board member Lynne Plambeck, a longtime critic of local water numbers. ``I think not to do so is just hiding your head in the sand.''
She also urged a deeper discussion on the possible impact of global warming global warming, the gradual increase of the temperature of the earth's lower atmosphere as a result of the increase in greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution. , a section included for the first time this year under a state mandate.
``We should include some scenarios of how it will occur,'' Plambeck said.
``It will be addressed by the (state) Department of Water Resources, which is much more capable than we are to address global warming,'' said Dan Masnada, CLWA general manager.
Activist Henry Schultz praised the water plan, but urged caution in relying too much on water from the Sacramento River Sacramento River
River, northern California, U.S. Rising near Mount Shasta, it flows 382 mi (615 km) southwest between the Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges, through the northern Central Valley. Delta - it feeds the California Aqueduct The California Aqueduct is a 444 mile (715 km)-long aqueduct in the United States that carries water from Northern California to Southern California. , which supplies more than half of the region's water. A recent state appellate court A court having jurisdiction to review decisions of a trial-level or other lower court.
An unsuccessful party in a lawsuit must file an appeal with an appellate court in order to have the decision reviewed. decision questioned the practice of exporting water to thirsty Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, at the expense of area wildlife.
``The Urban Water Management Plan is really cool,'' said Schultz, a leader in the local Sierra Club chapter. ``All these years we haven't had anything (that states), here's the water we can get, here's the water we'll have (to) deliver.''
``But people are starting to get upset. The capability that we have of getting more water from the north is going to be suspect. ... Right now, it looks like it adds up. The efforts used to get the water back is good, but we have to work to get the water.''
Larry Mankin, president of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, was bullish about the plan. Other supporters include the Building Industry Association's Los Angeles/Ventura chapter.
``This plan is about the user,'' Mankin said. ``It's about providing water to the Santa Clarita Valley at a reasonable cost. We do have water now. We will have water tomorrow.''
Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253