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River Hearings

The agenda has been set for this meeting with mostly pro-more-river-flow people given most of the time.

Nov 28, 2016

The State Water Resources Control Board will hold the first of five meetings tomorrow in Sacramento to determine how much water should flow down the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.  Basically, the plan will put a lot more water down the rivers into the Delta and eventually out to sea.  Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa told the board in an earlier meeting that the plan would 'absolutely devastate' their economy.  

The agenda has been set for this meeting with mostly pro-more-river-flow people given most of the time.  Others will have the standard 3 minutes to make their case.  The hearing will be webcast and you can watch it here.  It starts at 9a and is scheduled to go to 8pm.  

We know a lot of people are planning to go to give it their best 3 minutes and we wish them well.  

Here is a list of upcoming hearings:

 

RIVER FLOW HEARING SCHEDULE

Each session will start at 9 a.m. with a presentation by the staff of the State Water Resources Control Board. Members of the general public then can speak for up to 3 minutes each. Remarks by the parties listed below will follow.

TUESDAY, SACRAMENTO

Speakers: Natural Resources Defense Council jointly with Trout Unlimited and Bay Institute; National Marine Fisheries Service with UC Davis fish experts; leaders in commercial fishing

Location: Byron Sher Hearing Room, California Environmental Protection Agency headquarters, 1001 I St.

DEC. 16, STOCKTON

Speakers: Cities of Manteca, Tracy and Stockton; Tuolumne River Trust jointly with California Sportfishing Protection Alliance; Oakdale Irrigation District; South San Joaquin Irrigation District; other water suppliers and interest groups

Location: Main Hall, Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 525 N. Center St.
DEC. 19, MERCED

Speakers: Merced Irrigation District, Merced County, San Joaquin Tributaries Authority, Restore Hetch Hetchy

Location: Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St.

DEC. 20, MODESTO

Speakers: City of Modesto, Stanislaus County, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers Groundwater Basin Association, Turlock Irrigation District, Stanislaus Regional Water Authority jointly with city of Turlock, Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, Yosemite Farm Credit Association, Modesto Irrigation District

Location: Tuolumne River Room, Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 K St.

JAN. 3, SACRAMENTO

Speakers: State and federal fishery agencies and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; California Department of Water Resources; San Francisco and other Bay Area users of Tuolumne River; other speakers from water suppliers and sport fishing

Location: Coastal Hearing Room, Cal-EPA headquarters

Written public comment will be received until Jan. 17. More information on the river flow proposal is atwww.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights.

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