One of the things that makes Stallion Springs such a great place is the willingness of its residents to join together and fight for what they believe to be right. Here’s another one of those opportunities that is galvanizing folks on both sides of the issue.
Stallion Springs is in danger of losing its water supply. Perhaps that sounds a bit overly dramatic, but read on to see what’s going on.
Where does Stallion Springs water come from? Stallion Springs draws most of its water from the Cummings Valley basin. In addition to Stallion Springs, Bear Valley Springs, Fairview Ranches, CCI (California Corrections Institute) and a number of agricultural users also draw their water from the Cummings Valley Basin.
In recent years the water usage within the basin has approached the published “safe yield.” In at least one year, usage has exceeded the safe yield.
Why does it matter? Users within the basin are able to draw water without having to recharge the basin. Stallion Springs and Bear Valley Springs have to recharge the basin for the water that they draw out.
As a result of the virtually unrestricted pumping allowed within the basin, the water table has dropped by 50 feet in the last decade.
If things continue unabated, it is possible that Stallion Springs could indeed lose its affordable water supply.
What is an alternative? Recurrent Energy had proposed a solar project for 300 acres within the Cummings Valley. That project would reduce the ground water pumping for those 300 acres to an insignificant amount. Even better for Stallion Springs, the proposed solar project is located near the wells that Stallion Springs owns in Cummings Valley.
My personal take as a Stallion Springs resident is that I would prefer to see the Cummings Valley left pretty much as-is. Unfortunately, I don’t see that as a reality. It seems to me that the valley will continue to change and that a solar project may actually be a better use of those 300 acres than unrestricted water pumping by an agricultural user as we had before.
What can you do? If you are a resident, or just interested in the outcome of this important issue, please contact Zack Scrivener, the 2nd District Supervisor by firstname.lastname@example.org, phone his office at 661-868-3660 or fax 661-868-3666. Let him know that keeping water available in Stallion Springs is important to you.
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Finally, I’d appreciate it if you would copy me at Water@HomeSalesSally.com on any correspondence to Mr. Scrivner so that I can keep track of the interest level.
As always, thanks for reading. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 661.375.REAL