Is the Board Listening?
We'll say one thing. The Northern Valley is fighting with everything they have to make their case for Stanislaus, Toulumne and Merced River water.
Dec 22, 2016
The Fresno and Modesto Bee editorial boards had a message for the State Water Resources Control Board after hearings in Stockton, Merced and Modesto: "We hope the state water board left Modesto having heard one message: It won’t be easy taking the water this region depends on."
We'll say one thing. The Northern Valley is fighting with everything they have to make their case for Stanislaus, Toulumne and Merced River water. They are united with water districts, local officials and average Joe's. We wish the Central Valley elected representatives had fought this vigorously for San Joaquin River water.
Did the board hear their message? Like the editorial says, "we hope they left Modesto having heard one message." We all know the Valley is a tough place. There's a lot of unemployment. “The one plus we have,” said incoming Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen, “is water. And you cannot take that away from us.”
We hope she's right. But we all know they can take it away and they just might. We can't help but take note of what Marco Moreno said in the Modesto Bee reader comment section: "If sometimes you have had the feeling that while you're talking to somebody and they're not listening to you that's what happen today at the public hearing. I always said, "these bureaucrats are deaf and full of arrogance."
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