Proposal’s final draft up for approval
SANTA CLARITA – The Castaic Lake Water Agency and the Newhall County Water District boards are holding a final public hearing tonight on the draft document projecting regional water supply and demand until 2030. The two water agencies will review – and consider adoption of – the final draft of the 2005 Urban Water Management Plan, which offers planners a 25-year water supply estimate and how much development it could sustain. Mary Lou Cotton, the CLWA’s water resources manager, said the revised plan now includes amended data and changes suggested by officials at the September meeting. “We incorporated the addendum materials and just updated and verified some of the tech language and numbers on the table,” she said Tuesday. “We don’t expect any substantive changes.” Required by state law to be updated every five years, the document also has contingency plans for drought and disasters, including levee breaches on the California Aqueduct, which now supplies more than half of the area’s water. By 2030, the Santa Clarita Valley’s population could increase some 70 percent to more than 428,000, and demand could jump from the current 89,300 acre-feet per year to 138,300 acre-feet per year. An acre-foot is the amount of water required to cover one acre one foot deep, or 325,851 gallons. Meantime, 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 of polluted wells could add about 86,700 acre-feet. But some challenge the accuracy of the estimates. Groups including the Planning and Conservation League argued officials overstated supply in the water plan. The Urban Water Management Plan has attract controversy. Environmental groups sued CLWA over the 2000 plan, claiming it relied on contaminated water and other uncertain sources. A Kern County Superior Court judge found no wrongdoing, but the state Court of Appeal invalidated the plan, saying it failed to address local groundwater contamination by perchlorate – a rocket fuel chemical. Officials have said cleanup could begin next year, and the 2005 plan has been revised to address it. A copy of the final draft is available online at www.clwa.org/about/publications.cfm. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 [email protected] IF YOU GO: The joint meeting of the Castaic Lake Water Agency and Newhall County Water District boards will be held at 7 tonight at the CLWA headquarters, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!