Nov 06, 2018
STATE WATER BOARD SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON WATER GRAB TOMORROW - NOV 7TH (From Worthyourfight.org)
Despite several public hearings, thousands of public comments from our region and a rally on the State Capitol steps opposing the state’s water grab, the State Water Board is moving forward with its proposal to mandate 40 percent of unimpaired flows from the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers. We’re disappointed that the State Water Board continues to ignore the devastating impacts its proposal will bring and the lack of consideration given to the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts’ Tuolumne River Management Plan.
During the August 2018 hearings, the State Water Board delayed its vote on its proposal to Wednesday, November 7 and in the meantime encouraged participants to engage in voluntary settlement discussions.
MID and TID advocate that a voluntary settlement based on the best available, site-specific science will sustainably balance the water supply needs of both the environment and our communities. We've sat with the state at the negotiating table for more than a year offering viable, balanced solutions; unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to come to a settlement agreement with all parties.
If the State Water Board adopts its proposal, voluntary settlement discussions will come to an immediate halt and we will have no choice but to go to court. This would be a costly and lengthy endeavor during which time no improvements to the river would occur.
The State Water Board thinks its plan will have limited harmful effects. But we know this water grab will have devastating impacts to our region.
Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m.
Joe Serna Jr. CalEPA Headquarters Building | Coastal Hearing Room
1001 I Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814