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California Groundwater Legislation

Governor's Message:

To the Members of the California Legislature:

I am signing AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319, which taken collectively establish a new structure for managing the State's groundwater. These bills accomplish a number of goals described in the California Water Action Plan, a five-year plan to sustainably manage our water resources. When combined with the other elements outlined in the plan -- conservation, water recycling, expanded storage, safe drinking water, wetlands and watershed restoration - and the passage of Proposition 1, we can take giant strides to secure California's water future. A central feature of these bills is the recognition that groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally. Local agencies will now have the power to assess the conditions of their local groundwater basins and take the necessary steps to bring those basins in a state of chronic long-term overdraft into balance. The State's primary role is to provide guidance and technical support on how to plan for a more sustainable future and to step in on an interim basis when, but only when, local agencies fail to exercise their responsibilities as set forth in this legislation. My administration will work closely with all affected groups to ensure that the statute is fairly implemented. Further, I will submit for legislative consideration during the next session a proposal to streamline judicial adjudications of groundwater rights. GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN JR.

 


 

Update News Release - Water Run

News Release

Alta Irrigation District

July 10, 2014

ALTA IRRIGATION DISTRICT WILL COMPLETE ITS LEVEE REPAIRS ON SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014.

WATER WILL BE TURNED INTO ITS SYSTEM ON SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014.

DUE TO THE QUICK SHUT DOWN ON JULY 6, 2014 IN RESPONSE TO THE LEVEE BREAK, FARMERS WILL STILL RECEIVE THEIR SAME PROJECTED ALLOTMENT OF 2.65 DAYS OF WATER PER 20 ACRES AT 100 PERCENT ENTITLEMENT.

DITCHTENDERS WILL BE TAKING WATER ORDERS ON MONDAY, JULY 14, 2014.

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News Release Contact: Chris Kapheim (559) 591-0800, extension 13

AltaID News Release - Ditch Breach

News Release

Alta Irrigation District

July 7, 2014

On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Alta Irrigation District’s Main Canal breached north of Highway 180. The Alta ID turned on water that morning and was running a start-up flow of 250 cubic feet per second. The area of the levee that breached is lined but was undermined by wild pigs.

In response to the event of water impacting nearby residences and Highway 180, Alta ID called for an emergency shutoff at 6:30 p.m. to the Kings River Water Association. Within several hours water noticeably receded from the impacted area. Public safety response from Caltrans, Calif. Fire, Fresno County Sheriff officers and other early public agency response personnel was much appreciated for traffic control and general public safety.  

Alta ID has reviewed the damaged levee section and is implementing repairs. The scheduled repair is estimated to take one week. As a result, water run will be delayed for one week and will be re-initiated early next week.

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News Release Contact: Chris Kapheim (559) 591-0800, extension 13

 


 

Water Run 2014 - Ditchtender Contact Information

Ditchtenders

During Water Run, if emergency situations occur and crops are at risk due to well failure, notify Alta Irrigation District General Manager Chris Kapheim at 358-8228 or Superintendent Javier Cavazos at 318-0175.

 

Ditchtender phones are only enabled during Water Run Season.

Area

Location

Ditchtender

Cell Phone 559

Replacement
Ditchtender

B

Alta Main

Ron

805-7521

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H

Reedley Main/03 Whatoke

Christine

805-7511

  -

I

Buttonwillow

Rudy

805-7512

  -

J

California/76 Kennedy WW

Michael

805-7513

  -

K

Ceasar/33 McBriar/75 Kennedy SH

Raul

805-7514

  -

M

Dinuba Town/54 Wilson

Steve C.

805-7515

  -

O

Monson/50 Carey Hunter

Jaime

805-7516

   -

T

Bowhay/68 Clements/64 Tout

Joe

805-7518

   -

W

Clough/83 McClanahan/78 King

Greg

805-7520

   -

X

Button/88 Banks/73 Sontag

Jesse

805-7510

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Ditchtenders are available from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Water orders (start and stop) need to be placed at least 24 hours in advance.
For Maintenance issues call Maintenance Supervisor II, Steve Barnett 805-7524

For all other issues call Superintendent,  Javier 318-0175

 

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Water Run 2014 Update

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NEWS RELEASE

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

 

ALTA IRRIGATION DISTRICT WILL BEGIN RELEASING WATER ON SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2014. DITCHTENDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO SCHEDULE WATER ORDERS ON MONDAY, JULY 7, 2014. LANDOWNERS WILL RECEIVE WATER FOR ONE CYCLE. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT WATER RUN WILL LAST UNTIL THE END OF JULY.

 

THE ALLOCATION FORMULA WILL BE 2.65 DAYS PER 20 ACRES AT 1 CUBIC FOOT PER SECOND FOR 100% ENTITLEMENT. THERE WILL BE NO WATER TRANSFERS.

 

DURING WATER RUN, IF EMERGENCY SITUATIONS OCCUR AND CROPS ARE AT RISK DUE TO WELL FAILURE, PLEASE NOTIFY:

 

CHRIS KAPHEIM (GENERAL MANAGER): 358-8228

JAVIER CAVAZOS (SUPERINTENDENT): 318-0175

 

Contact person: Chris Kapheim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 591-0800, extension 13.   Updated information will be provided by means of the District's website at altaid.org or follow us on twitter @AltaIrrigationD.