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Red square  A PDF file of the meeting slides can be downloaded here

The Community Services District held the first of four meetings on the community's water situation Thursday. You can watch an audio slide show of the meeting above (it's 1 hour, 45 minutes), or you can click to the next page to find the meeting divided up into segments -- useful if you want to hop around the meeting content.

About 40 residents attended the meeting. Four of the five CSD directors were in the room.

The remaining meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Rancho Murieta Association Building
  • Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at the CSD Building
  • Saturday June 13 at 10 a.m. at RMA Building

Here are the meeting segments. Click the meeting title to go to the page with that segment. The video will start to play automatically at that point in the meeting, though you may have to give the video a few seconds to get started.

1. Introductions and background (use video player above)
In this section, Jerry Pasek, CSD board president, introduces the session and says it aims to address misinformation that has been spreading in the community. Darlene Gillum, CSD general manager, reviews CSD water rights and reservoirs in this segment.

2. Where are we today?
This segment examines our water storage, Cosumnes River flows and the CSD’s pumps and their pumping rates.

3. Development and water
Do we have enough water? A look at the data that have led CSD to believe we do.

4. Drought in Rancho Murieta
State and CSD actions to deal with the drought. Our per-capita water consumption in Rancho Murieta. The water plant expansion, including who is paying for it.

5. Audience questions and comments
Some of the things audience members asked about:

  • Cash for grass
  • How Rancho Murieta can preserve its comfortable water situation when the rest of California is suffering
  • Community enforcement of water conservation measures
  • The question that took the most time and drew the most audience enthusiasm: Instead of using augmentation fees to dig wells or deepen reservoirs, why not spend those millions to buy open land from the developers and create a buffer around the reservoirs?

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Presentation change in CSD water meeting

At Tuesday's "Conversation About Water" offered by the Community Services District, the PowerPoint document used for the meeting had a few changes from the one used for the first meeting. You can download the second version here.

The second session was well attended -- about 50 people. There are two more presentations:

  • Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. at the CSD Building
  • Saturday June 13 at 10 a.m. at RMA Building

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