PNP comment: Farmers have known for 100 years that utilizing irrigation ditches in the off-season helps recharge the groundwater table. Greenies do not like this type of program, because their goal is to destroy the environment. — Editor Liz Bowen
By Damon Arthur of the Redding Record Searchlight
A Siskiyou County irrigation district is the first water agency in the state to take part in a new groundwater recharge program.
Under the program, the Scott Valley Irrigation District can divert 5,400 acre-feet of water from the Scott River during the rainy season when the river is running high. The district can divert water from the river until March 31.
The district uses the water to flood select areas in the valley, where it can then percolate into the ground and recharge the amount of water stored underground.
Some sections of the Scott River dry up during the summer and fall. State and local officials hope raising the water table in the valley will mean the river will continue to flow rather than dry up during the summer.
More water in the river should benefit chinook and coho salmon that spawn in the river, according to the California Water Board.
“We have been talking about doing this kind of thing for a long time,” said Jim Morris, a board member for the district.
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