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Local leaders not pleased with Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Rohan, Gaines speak at kickoff to ‘For the Sake of the Lake Week’
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Two local leaders have stepped up to make sure residents understand that the area’s water supply reliability is in jeopardy with the current Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Those politicians say the plan fails to address how the state of California will prevent Folsom Lake from reaching extremely low levels.

Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan and Assemblywoman Beth Gaines made their perspectives known at a news conference Monday to kick off For the Sake of the Lake Week, which is a regional effort cofounded by the city of Roseville and San Juan Water District to highlight the importance of Folsom Lake to the region.

“We need state leaders to address this issue with a sound operational plan that provides water supply reliability for the entire state,” Rohan said in a statement. “We cannot stay silent on this issue until we have solid assurances that our region’s water supply will not be compromised. We are eager to work with the governor and state officials to develop solutions to these complex water challenges and provide certainty that the water supply needs of all Californians will be met.”

The most recent draft of the plan indicates Folsom Lake will drop to deal pool — basically, a dry lake to water providers — at least once every 10 years. But there is no mention of how the state will address this issue.

Folsom Lake directly supplies water to more than 500,000 people and serves another 500,000 as its water travels down the American River.

The San Juan Water District provides drinking water to more than 265,000 people in parts of Placer and Sacramento counties, including in east Roseville and Granite Bay. The district also wholesales water to several other entities.

Roseville owns and operates its own water, wastewater, solid waste and electric utilities that serve the city’s 120,000 residents and its industry and businesses.

“This isn’t just about the (Bay Delta Conservation Plan),” Gaines said in a statement. “This is about a smart solution to a problem that is all too familiar to our state: getting water to those who need it without hurting those who have it. All of California deserves reliable access to water supplies. But the state has to develop a plan to make sure one region won’t suffer to benefit another.”