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There will be a formal announcement Monday, but the Community Services District confirms what a RanchoMurieta.com member posted Saturday: A ditch construction project is complete, and Cosumnes River water is flowing once again into Laguna Joaquin.

Ed Crouse, the CSD's interim general manager, said Sunday afternoon  that the Cosumnes Irrigation Ditch, which carries Cosumnes River water to ranchers and to Laguna Joaquin, had been open for more than 24 hours and was already making a significant contribution to the level of Laguna Joaquin.

Crouse said the flow was started at 8 or 9 a.m. Saturday. He walked the length of the ditch Sunday and saw no spillage and no leakage from the pipe that was installed to carry the ditch water past the Murieta Gardens commercial development. He saw water reaching the diversion box near the Country Store, he said, and flowing from there to ranchers downstream and up to Laguna Joaquin.

"I can't confirm it, but my impression is we've raised the level of Laguna Joaquin about nine inches in 24 hours," he said. He estimated it will take about another 27 inches to get the lake to its proper level.

TNT Construction, owned by neighbor Josh Twist, came in for special kudos from Crouse. "His crew stayed out the last day, Friday, until about midnight to make sure the valves were in place and operating," Crouse said.

Neighbor Roger Brandt posted Saturday evening that the ditch had begun feeding Laguna Joaquin once again.

Crouse said he made the call to wait 24 hours to check the work to make sure it was done satisfactorily, and then to announce the completion on Monday. Otherwise, he said, he would have had to announce they were shutting off the flow to do further work.

The closing of the ditch for much of the summer is thought to have been a factor in the fish kill that hit Laguna Joaquin 10 days ago.


Myrna Solomon's picture
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Finally, part of this nightmare is over..

I'm glad this part is almost over..now the next part for CSD is to restock the BASS and other fish that were killed. I sure hope that all this helps deminish the swarms of Midge flies that are on our front door, and all around our house. This issue must be resolved because it is unexceptable for any of us in this beautiful community to have to put up with the flies, and the smell.

Myrna Solomon

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CSD statement on CIA ditch repair

The Community Services District released a statement Monday afternoon about repairs to the Cosumnes Irrigation Association ditch. The statement includes a number of photos.

You can download the 1.3-MB PDF file here.

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New version of CSD release on Laguna Joaquin

CSD released a new version of the statement, apparently with only minor changes. You can download it here.

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Clean river water vs. Laguna Joaquin

After the gates were finally opened, here is a video of the fresh water entering Laguna Joaquin and mixing with the existing water.  This video clearly shows the extent of the problem with this body of water.  It's been said that this water is "toxic" and to "avoid bodily contact," yet the water is used to irrigate the open spaces in the areas adjacent to Laguna Joaquin - that is to say, around many of our homes!  

Not being mentioned here is the unpleasant stench, unsightly pond scum and Midge Fly infestation that extends to homes beyond the townhouses around Laguna Joaquin.  

Cleaning up this "retention basin" needs to become a priority both to improve our quality of life and also the property values of all of Rancho Murieta.

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I totally agree!!

I agree with everything you said. As someone at the CSD meeting said "it's a cesspool". We spend lots of money on Stonehouse Park but, the lake that is the first thing people see when they drive into our community, is an eyesore and it smells, but clearly not important enough to clean up this mess.. This wasn't always the way the lake was, but RMA and CSD just chose to put Band-Aids on it and it has gotten worse and worse. I live on Lago Dr, and have many midge flies on my front door and everywhere around our house where there are cobwebs. 

It is time to except the inevitable, and fix the "lake" so that we won't have this problem anymore. 

Myrna Solomon

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