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Partner Agencies Adopt Martis Valley GMP

Martis Valley Groundwater Management Plan

Post Date:03/12/2013

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Media Contact: Steven Poncelet

Truckee Donner PUD


 For Immediate Release

Local water agencies adopt Martis Valley groundwater management plan

Truckee, Calif. (March 12, 2014) – The Truckee Donner Public Utility District (TDPUD), Northstar Community Services District (NCSD), and Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) in partnership with the US Bureau of Reclamation have been working for almost 2-years to develop a groundwater management plan and model for the Martis Valley basin.  The local agencies each recently adopted the joint groundwater management plan.

“The collaborative effort between the TDPUD, NCSD, and PCWA to align groundwater policy and improve coordination between the three public agencies will bring significant benefits to our community.” said Michael Holley, TDPUD general manager, “Ensuring a reliable and cost-effective water supply for our community going forward is critical for our future.”

Development of the Martis Valley Groundwater Management Plan began in summer 2011 and the collaborative effort included: the three partner agencies; a Stakeholder Working Group consisting of over 20 community members representing local land-use and other agencies, developers, and environmental interests; and multiple public meetings.  Groundwater sustainability, overdraft protection, groundwater recharge rates, and understanding the impacts of climate change are among the goals of the project.

“Sharing resources and leveraging federal grants to improve our understanding of the Martis Valley aquifer will improve operations today and help reduce uncertainty in the future.”, said Mike Staudenmayer, NCSD general manager, “One objective of the groundwater management plan is to pursue and use the best available science and technology to inform the decision making process.  I think that is really important.”

The three local water agencies set out with a goal of developing a groundwater plan and model to ensure the long-term supply of water for their customers.  The partner agencies contributed a total of $250,000 to the initial costs, based on their number of connections.  This collaborative effort then successfully leveraged an additional ~$750,000 in federal funding from the Bureau of Reclamation.  This funding enabled sophisticated groundwater modeling from the Desert Research Institute (DRI), a climate change model integrated into the groundwater model, and a radio isotope aging study from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) bringing the total project funding to over $1,000,000.  The groundwater model is scheduled to be completed later this year.

“PCWA has been working closely with the Bureau of Reclamation on other projects and we were thrilled when this funding opportunity became apparent.” said David Breninger, PCWA general manager, “The partnership between PCWA, TDPUD, and NCSD - along with our ability to bring in outside resources - will help all of our customers.”

The Martis Valley aquifer includes a 35,000-acre area in both Placer and Nevada counties.  It is the main water supply for numerous public and private entities.  This area has seen significant growth in the last two decades with more planned for the future.  Maintaining an adequate water supply and protecting water quality are critical for the region’s future.

Groundwater Management Plan information can be found at Contact project manager Tony Firenzi at the PCWA, 530-823-4886; Steven Poncelet at the Truckee Donner PUD, 530-582-3951; and Mike Staudenmayer at the Northstar CSD, 530-562-0747.

The TDPUD is a non-profit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information about the TDPUD, call 530-587-3896 or visit

The Placer County Water Agency was created on September 11, 1957 by a special act of the State Legislature.  The Agency's mandate is to develop and protect the water resources within the County, for the people of Placer County.  The Agency provides raw water for irrigation customers, retails and wholesales treated water for residential, commercial and industrial purposes and owns and operates a power system on the Middle Fork of the American River which generates 1.03 billion kilowatt hours annually.

The NCSD was founded in 1990 under Government Code 61600 as a local government entity to serve the Northstar Community with governmental services.  The District currently provides fire protection, fuels management, water, sewer collection, snow removal, road surface maintenance, recycling services, solid waste management and trail construction and maintenance.

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