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PCWA Voices Concerns Over State’s Delta Plan

Leaders of the Placer County Water Agency remain concerned that local water supplies could suffer under current plans by State officials to improve the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and to export more water to the south state and parts of the Bay Area.

In a presentation Thursday (Aug. 15) to the PCWA Board of Directors, Einar Maisch, the water agency’s Director of Strategic Affairs, said the current version of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, would be very harmful to Placer and other north state counties’ water supplies.

He said the state plan uses water system modeling that shows Folsom Reservoir dropping to “dead pool,” a low level at which water deliveries could not be sustained, every 10 years. “This is unacceptable,” Maisch said. “We need to have some realistic modeling.”

Maisch’s presentation mirrored a presentation he offered in Sacramento on Wednesday (Aug. 14) to several local Congressional representatives’ staff members. The work is part of a stepped-up PCWA advocacy effort aimed at protecting Placer County water supplies in face of increasing downstream demand.



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