OAKDALE — The Oakdale Irrigation District board Tuesday will consider increasing the amount of water it is selling this year to drought-stressed areas to the south.
The Westlands Water District, one of the largest of the suppliers hit by sharp cutbacks in federal water deliveries, is seeking water beyond what the OID sold this spring.
The price would be the same $100 per acre-foot, far more than the OID's farmers pay.
Westlands already is getting water as member of the San Luis & Delta Mendota Water Authority, which includes several irrigation districts from the Tracy area to western Fresno County.
The 40,000 acre-feet has been delivered via the Stanislaus River, timed to help young salmon get out to sea. The water flows into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where huge pumps supply irrigation water.
The new contract would allow Westlands to take any water not delivered under the first arrangement and to get other water that might be available from July through September up to 40,000 acre-feet, OID General Manager Steve Knell said Sunday.
The Oakdale district is able to sell water during a drought thanks to strong river rights and conservation projects. The neighboring South San Joaquin Irrigation District also is selling 40,000 acre-feet to the West Side this spring.
Additionally, the OID board will hear a presentation on a possible relocation of the district office.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the district office, 1205 E. F St., Oakdale.