The county’s spring 2012 groundwater report is out.
After a frightfully dry start to 2011-12, we got enough rain in March and April to make things look halfway respectable. As a result, groundwater levels across the county edged up on average by 0.3 feet.
That’s a “statistically insignificant” change, water resources coordinator Brandon Nakagawa told county water commissioners.
Central, North and South San Joaquin irrigation districts saw groundwater inch upward. Oakdale and Woodbridge irrigation districts and the Stockton East Water District saw slight declines.
Commissioners also voted to recommend the county Board of Supervisors approve a list of water projects generally agreed upon by the Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley and Delta Counties Coalition. As we reported Sunday, this was an effort to put aside the peripheral canal and find at least some areas of agreement.
Next step: Finding money.
The supes are expected to consider endorsing the list sometime next month.