Meeting to Focus on Newhall Ranch Water

Area water agencies are hosting a breakfast meeting next week to discuss how the proposed Newhall Ranch project would affect the county's ground-water supply and the Santa Clara River.

Sponsored by the Assn. of Water Agencies of Ventura County, the March 26 event will include appearances by county Supervisor John Flynn and Newhall Land & Farming Vice President James Harter.

Developers propose building a community of 24,351 homes for 70,000 residents, a 200-acre business park, a golf course, 10 schools, 334 acres of neighborhood parks and an artificial lake--all on 19 square miles of land just east of the Ventura County line.

At issue is the estimated 19,345 acre-feet of water the mini-city will consume when it is built out after 25 years.

County officials contend that in dry years Newhall Ranch will be forced to pump from the ground-water basin that supplies Ventura County. Newhall Ranch planners say their environmental report demonstrates its neighboring county will not be affected.

The meeting, running from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Oxnard Hilton, is open to the public. Admission including cost of breakfast is $20 for nonmembers of the water association. Reservations and information: 981-1804.

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