Turlock City Council will consider moving one step closer to selling treated recycled water as part of North Valley Regional Recycled Water Project (NVRRWP) at a special meeting today at 2:30 p.m.
The NVRRWP is a proposed plan to sell treated wastewater to the farmers in the drought-stricken Del Puerto Water District, located in west Stanislaus County.
Last year, the Del Puerto Water District, which has about 45,000 acres of farmland, was allotted zero inches of water from the federally-managed Delta-Mendota Canal.
The NVRRWP would help deliver water to the water-needy irrigation district, but comes with an approximate $100 million price tag.
At the special meeting, Council will consider entering in a Memorandum of Understanding to create a Cooperating Agency Agreement between the Department of the Interior, City of Turlock, City of Modesto, and Del Puerto Water District for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the North Valley project.
As a cooperating agency, the City of Turlock would assume some responsibilities, including assisting the lead agency in the preparation of the EIS as it relates to Turlock, according to the staff report.
If the Memorandum of Understanding is approved, the City of Turlock would not have any additional financial or legal obligations to the project.
This is important, as the City of Turlock is also involved in ongoing discussions with the Turlock Irrigation District on an agreement that would send treated river water to the City of Turlock for urban residents, with TID farmers receiving treated recycled water in dry years for an offset.
Turlock City Council will meet at 2:30 p.m. today in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.