The board of directors of the Mojave Water Agency on Thursday, Nov. 6 are scheduled to hold a closed session conference with their legal counsel to discuss potential litigation regarding the City of Barstow, et al. v. City of Adelanto, et al.


The exact nature of the conference is not stated in the board agenda.


The City of Barstow filed a lawsuit against the City of Adelanto, the MWA and other upstream water producers in 1990. Barstow claimed their groundwater supply suffered because the amount of water taken by upstream users. The city requested the MWA import additional water from the State Water Project whose aqueduct runs through Hesperia.


About three years later, a committee submitted a solution to the trial court. A lengthy trial ensued. Among the numerous defendants and cross-defendants were the City of Hesperia and Hesperia Water District.


Ultimately, the California Supreme Court decided "that the constitutional mandate of reasonable and beneficial use dictates an equitable apportionment of all water rights when a river basin is in overdraft."


The Mojave River, which begins in Hesperia's sphere at the West Fork of the Mojave River and Deep Creek, extends 3,600 square miles. As the Mojave River Basin's population has grown, so has its water demand. Many water experts fear that continued overdraft could cause the area's water supply to experience a significant depletion.


The MWA's board of directors will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 in the MWA board room, 22450 Headquarters Drive., Apple Valley.


The board will also consider selecting agency representative for a two-year term on the Association of San Bernardino County Special Districts board of directors. The board also will consider the purchase of easements and property for the Regional Recharge and Recovery Project.