Planning Grant Possible for Arroyo Ditch Improvements

Planning Grant Possible for Arroyo Ditch Improvements

Plymouth City Council on Thursday discussed a planning grant to help improve the Arroyo Ditch.  City Manager Jeff Gardner said grant requirements include documented conservation, and lining the Ditch could conserve 60 percent of the flow it loses through infiltration.  Water sales could fund the lining, and a water transfer expert at Bar Water Associates is looking at sales for agriculture or groundwater recharge or transferring rights as potable water.  Gardner added that they’ll try to generate interest with local farmers, ranchers and vintners.  Bar Water is doing a dry-year analysis of the CosumnesRiver for the grant, through the Department of Water Resources.  Bar Water’s John Bischoff does about $180 million a year in water transfers, and Gardner said applying for the grant was key to him coming on board.  Bar Water will write and manage the grant for a 10 percent fee and has worked for free to this point.  Councilwoman Pat Shackelton was amazed at the effort and encouraged that they could save the ditch.  Councilman Jon Colburn said they could sell on one-year terms to ease into it and get money coming in.  Arroyo Ditch water flowed through August this year and was sold to 49er Village RV Resort and the Fairgrounds.

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