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Mayor: Roseville can’t stand on sideline of Bay Delta Conservation Plan

City Council wants local impacts considered in plan’s development
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Oct. 2 council meeting.

Hydrofluorosilic acid services agreement: The environmental utilities department will purchase fluoride for $150,000 for its water treatment plant. The chemical is added to drinking water to prevent dental caries and tooth decay.

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant: The city will use the $22,965 provided by this federal program to pay a portion of the salary and benefits of Roseville Police Department’s public safety community relations coordinator, who oversees Neighborhood Watch groups, Citizen’s Police Academy, crime prevention newsletters and other outreach efforts.

Pipe rehabilitation project: The first phase of inspections of about 26 miles of pipe and manholes greater than 75 years of age has been completed. The focus is now on rehabbing older infrastructure. To date, 13 miles of defective sewer pipeline has been repaired. Part of this year’s plan is to repair about 2.7 miles of cracked collection system and deteriorated pipe using a trenchless technology called “cured-in-place pipe” for $880,000.

Roseville Historical Society agreement: The city will pay Roseville Historical Society $10,000 to fund the curator position at the Carnegie Museum, which the society has operated since 1989 via a joint use agreement with the city. In 2007, the city and society entered into a agreement, with the city contributing funding for a museum curator.

Afterschool education and safety program: The city collaborates with the Roseville City School District to run an afterschool program at Cirby and Woodbridge elementary campuses using a California Department of Education grant.  The state funding of $225,000 will fully offset the $205,000 estimated cost for the city to administer and operate this program.

Residential HVAC Right Size program agreement: Roseville Electric’s program encourages HVAC contractors to sell and install systems “right sized” to the age and size of a home, meet industry design specifications to achieve maximum energy efficiency savings and comply with testing, documentation and building requirements for the program and to obtain a permit. Cadmus Group, Inc. was selected for a cost of $29,350 to evaluate the program as required by state reporting mandates, which are filed with the California Energy Commission.

~ Sena Christian

 

Roseville has a simple request from Gov. Jerry Brown involving the development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Seek more input from all affected communities before proceeding.

And if he doesn’t, local city officials plan to give their input anyway.

The city has a stake in the plan as it relates to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s operations of Folsom Reservoir — which provides Roseville’s drinking water — and wants threats to the local long-term water supply reliability addressed. The city doesn’t want environmental and conveyance problems to be solved “at the expense of our region,” as Mayor Susan Rohan wrote in a recent editorial.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a core policy statement to guide staff’s public affairs efforts in responding to the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan, scheduled to be released Nov. 15, with a 120-day comment period. Councilman Tim Herman was absent.

The council also approved transferring $107,100 from the Water Rate Stabilization Fund to the Water Operations Fund to pay for an intensified public affairs effort — reimbursing partner San Juan Water District for work done by Crocker and Crocker and for retaining the water expert services of Derrick Whitehead of the Municipal Consulting Group.

Whitehead retired in November after 25 years working for the city of Roseville, most recently as director of its environmental utilities department.

“In order to make sure we are in a position of taking care of our community, taking care of Placer County, taking care of California, we need to be at the table,” said Councilwoman Pauline Roccucci. “I think we have been at the table, but we have to ratchet up even a lot more.”

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is intended to provide a more reliable water supply for Southern California, and to restore the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

“(The Bay Delta) is key to the economic vitality of the entire state,” said Roseville’s Environmental Utilities Director Ed Kriz. “Three-quarters of the water is north of the Delta in California and two-thirds of the state’s population and associated water demand is south of the Delta.”

The primary Bay-Delta issues include fishery decline, more invasive species, sinking ground, levee instability, seismic risk, climate change and sea-level rise, urbanization and water quality, Kriz said.

The plan’s objectives involve, among other elements, building 35-mile-long tunnels under the Delta to move Sacramento River water to export pumps, and issuing 50-year permits under the Endangered Species Act to allow pumping of the Delta.

Rohan wrote that the plan’s modeling projections show that continuing sea-level rise and increasing statewide water demands are likely to draw from Folsom Reservoir to such low levels in the driest years that Roseville might not be able to meet its water needs. She warns that every nine years, the Folsom Reservoir could drop to a “dead pool” level.

The council-approved policy statement on the plan articulates Roseville’s desired optimal operational conditions of Folsom Reservoir.

“It would be a mistake for the city to stand at the sidelines while these significant issues are affecting water in California,” Rohan said. “I think this is a real positive step forward and puts us in the best position to have the best outcomes.”