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Water officials work on conservation plan

Posted: March 13, 2014 6:18 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2014 6:18 p.m.

A month after local water officials called on Santa Clarita Valley residents to conserve water, they are coming up with a formal conservation plan with the aim of getting state funding for their efforts, he said.

On Wednesday, the Castaic Lake Water Agency board of directors approved a plan to reduce water demand and increase water supply.

The plan is called the upper Santa Clara River Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and it enables stakeholders along the upper reach of the river to qualify for grants under Proposition 84.

The plan approved Wednesday also allows the same stakeholders to meet the promises and expectations made in connection with projects already approved.

Water officials are hoping for a slice of the $233,000 “Prop. 84” grant money announced by Governor Jerry Brown.  
“This plan was intended to ensure we remain consistent with our current (water management) strategies,” Dirk Marks, the agency’s Water Resources Manager told The Signal Thursday.

“It takes an extraordinary amount of work to prepare these applications,” he said.

Agency staffers completed and submitted five grant applications for various water management projects.

One of the five projects comes with a price tag of $266,250 and involves updating a water recycling plan originally submitted to, and approved by, officials at the Department of Water Resources in 2011.

The most expensive plan would cost at least $7 million.  It addresses two agency water efficiency projects that involve the Foothill Feeder Connection - a connection to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The connection, according to agency officials, increases the capacity of the agency’s regional potable water system.

In explaining the importance of the grant application to agency board members, Marks reminded them that “the intent of the Upper Santa Clara River watershed IRWMP is to facilitate regional cooperation” among river stakeholders who have common water management objectives.

Those objectives are: reducing water demand; increasing water supply; improving water quality; promoting resource stewardship; addressing flooding/hydromodification; taking actions within the watershed to adapt to climate change and promoting projects that reduce greenhouse gases.



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