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Most of the land within District is agricultural and is irrigated with groundwater.

The only other source of supply is a very limited amount of surface water from purchases in wet years from the Turlock and Merced Irrigation District’s canals lying adjacent to the District, and from riparian water rights along the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers. The groundwater within District apparently is declining at a rate of nearly two feet per year which has created an average annual groundwater deficit of about 70,000 acre-feet.



Meetings and Agendas

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Board of Directors

 

AL ROSSINI, 
Chair

TIM JOHNSON,
Vice-Chair

TY ANGLE, 
Board Member

WARD BURROUGHS,
Board Member

DEXTER LONG,
Board Member

NORIK NARAGHI, 
Board Member

WES SPERRY, 
Board Member

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Just in: INITIAL STUDY AND PROPOSED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE: EWD Diffused Surface Water Program – Sand Creek Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) Project: Document 1, Document 2, EWD RCPP Full Proposal Submitted 2017, Partnership Project Focus Area Full Proposal, Letter of Commitment, Letter of Commitment Partners, Stanislaus County Cost Share Agreement

May 2016 Progress Report, Including Proposition 218 Election Progress Results

The basis for the now approved capital and operational water charges was illustrated in the October 22, 2015 ‘Water Charge Analysis Report’ completed by the Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group of Modesto. The period for submitting any property owner protest of these charges ended the day of the public hearing (December 17, 2015). After the final tally of protest received by the water district, it was determined that the roughly two-dozen protests received was less than 8% of the threshold necessary to delay implementation of the proposed charges. The water district Board of Directors acted in January 2016 to implement the initial capital charge for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Landowners will see this $30 per-acre charge in their tax bill this year. The initial operation charge will be considered by the water district and likely appear in fiscal year 2017-18 tax bills.

In February, March, and April your Eastside Water District (EWD) Board of Directors developed its work plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year. An action by the Governor late in 2015 has given the EWD an opportunity to temporarily acquire a right to collect surface water from Mustang and Sand Creeks in addition to its plan to collect diffused surface water from Turlock Irrigation District’s (TID) Highline Canal. The Governor’s action allows EWD to secure a temporary water right for the creeks’ flow to help his statewide effort to store as much of the expected El Nino surface water flow as possible into the ground for the benefit of the groundwater aquifers. So, in addition to the projects proposed by EWD to date, applying for use of the waters from Mustang Creek and Sand Creek in associated projects to recharge the aquifer have been added to EWD’s project list.

The quantity of water available from these added work efforts magnifies the impact of the original Diffused Surface Water Project (DSWP) by at least four-fold. In other words, assuming the DSWP on average would provide 2,500 AF annually to the aquifer; adding waters from these two creeks has the potential of adding on average over 10,000 AF annually. For this reason, the EWD Board of Director has directed its water consultant to pursue the temporary water rights as a first priority project.

To be clear, the projects discussed in the 2014 and 2015 workshops leading up to approval of the DSWP are still expected to be constructed. These include diverting diffused surface water for field-flooding, and dry-well and basin direct recharge facilities. Due to the more effective projects proposed on Mustang and Sand Creeks, these projects have simply been delayed for a time.

 

The EWD has also organized a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) formation committee; made up of interested governmental and non-governmental organizations located between the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers and east of the TID boundary. This work will also be funded by the water charges as previously explained. An initial meeting was held in March and a second meeting in April. The committee’s plan is to form the GSA well in advance of the formation deadline of June 30, 2017. If EWD landowners would like more information about the formation of this GSA or implementation of the Groundwater Sustainability Management Act (SGMA), you are encouraged to contact EWD’s water consultant (Kevin M. Kauffman, P.E.) at kauffmankevin@comcast.net or (209) 478-4940.

The EWD Board of Directors is committed to addressing the overdrafted condition of the aquifer below its boundary through a logical and transparent process. The implementation of the capital and operation per-acre charges provides the funds necessary to earnestly begin this process. Each landowner is recognized for your efforts to be informed through this process and supporting EWD’s efforts in making this process a success.

Periodically, EWD will provide updates on its progress with the DSWP, 2016 work plan, and future programs and projects. If you desire updates on a more regular basis, landowners are encouraged to attend EWD Board of Director meetings held monthly on the third Thursday at TID offices.

Proposition 218 Report & Election (2015)

Report Summary

The Eastside Water District (EWD or District) is seeking landowner approval to support the funding of its Diffused Surface Water Project (DSWP) and the support of the formation of a Groundwater Sustainable Agency (GSA) for compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The DSWP is intended to alleviate the current declining groundwater trends within the District’s boundary and to support a sustainable groundwater basin. Currently, the District is without a surface water supply and consists almost entirely of cultivated/irrigated agriculture with a substantial groundwater demand within the District. The groundwater pumping has caused a “cone of depression” and groundwater overdraft to occur. This is due to the lack a surface water supply that could offer groundwater recharge in the area and lead to a sustainable supply. Therefore, the District is seeking to implement a set of charges to be used exclusively for the development of a groundwater recharge program that will cover the costs of construction, operations, maintenance and administration related to the DSWP from pilot to implementation and the formation and implementation of a GSA.Download the entire document.

Contact Us

For more information, comments or questions about the Eastside Water District contact:

 

For Gerneral Questions:
Karen Whipp, Board Secretary
P.O. Box 280
Denair, CA 95316-0280
Office: 209.626.5523 (beginning April 3, 2018)
Cell: 209.285.8907

Eastside Water District’s mailing address is:
731 East Yosemite Avenue, Suite B #147
Merced, CA 95340

E-mail kareneastsidewater@att.net

For Water Questions Contact:

Kevin Kauffman
Email: Kauffmankevin@comcast.net