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Marklin Brown's picture
Joined: 08/12/2007
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Water, where did it come from

On the South side of 16, I believe it is on the equestrian land, there is a lake that a month or so ago was drained. I thought, due to drought issues, it would not be refilled. But as we traveled daily to CRES, we noted little by little the water was returning but far from filling. Each day we asked, "where is the water coming from?" Each day there was a little more. Then there was the first rain of the season, just enough to wash off the dust. The river didn't flow, but the lake filled to capacity overnight.

I have heard various thoughts on where the water came from. That remains a mystery, although not to everyone.

My real curiousity is whether it has to be paid for like we do here in RMA and if yes, who is paying for it?

If per chance it is not paid for, is it because it is public land and since the water is everyone's, do we have access to it?

 

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Jerry Pasek's picture
Joined: 12/13/2007
Posts: 135
Pond Water

 

Since well before Rancho  Murieta was established, ranchers dug a ditch to capture river water for their properties. It is called the CIA (Cosumnes Irrigation Association) ditch and it runs by gravity along the North side of the river (can be seen along hole #1N of RMCC), then under the yellow bridge and along the South side of highway 16 to the property in question above and  others. The ditch can also be used to put water in the front lake (Laguna Joaquin). The water/ditch is managed by CSD under existing legal agreements and when flowing, the water comes from the river near the CSD dam. River water flows to allow this ditch to operate are much lower than what CSD needs to pump into the reservoirs for use by the community and this was the source of water for the pond in question.

 

Jerry Pasek

Marklin Brown's picture
Joined: 08/12/2007
Posts: 196
Pond Water

So since it is not treated or needing pumps, there is no expense involved. Free water so to speak.

 

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