Berryessa recreation plan on SCWA directors’ radar

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By Todd R. Hansen
McNaughton Media

Solano County Water Agency directors will give longtime Putah Creek streamkeeper Rich Marovich a job-well-done send-off when they meet Thursday.

“Rich Marovich found success in his role-defining ability to foster relationships between SCWA and landowners,” Roland Sanford, the agency’s general manager, said in a statement. “Marovich leaving is a loss, but we look forward to the future he helped create for Putah Creek with Max Stevenson.”

Stevenson brings his expertise in irrigation system management and water reliability planning from the Yolo Food Control and Water Conservation District to Putah Creek. Stevenson began his Putah Creek streamkeeper duties Monday.

The board also is scheduled to appoint an ad hoc committee to review Napa County’s recreational development plans at and near Lake Berryessa, in part to determine what impact, if any, those plans might have on the Solano Water Project supply.

“The revitalization and expansion of recreational opportunities at Lake Berryessa has been on Napa County’s agenda since at least 2017. Among other things, Napa County sees opportunities for economic development at Lake Berryessa and that portion of Napa County in particular,” a staff report to the board states.

“In November 2020, the United States Bureau of Reclamation delegated direct oversight of some Lake Berryessa resorts to Napa County, and more recently, Napa County has entertained proposals to revitalize and expand recreational opportunities at Lake Berryessa,” the staff report states. “In late 2021 the (SCWA) board’s Water Policy Committee began discussions regarding how Napa County’s plans to expand recreational opportunities at Lake Berryessa could impact Solano Project water supply operations, including the water agency’s ongoing invasive mussel inspection program at Lake Berryessa.”

The virtual meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Public access is available through Zoom by going to The Meeting ID is 831 9186 3504. The passcode is 932913.

Access is also available by calling +1-669-900-9128.

Additionally, the board is to consider authorizing staff to submit comments related to the definition of “waters of the United States” as proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The board also is scheduled to appoint members to the Legislative and Water Policy committees.

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