The Modesto Irrigation District board, nearly paralyzed by dissension in recent weeks, has made slight progress on two fronts: deciding to hire from within the district for an interim director for the next year and naming people to serve on a water advisory committee.
The committee will make recommendations by the end of May on how the district can update its aging canal and water delivery system the question that prompted the proposal for a water sale to San Francisco in the first place. Each elected director was allowed to name one committee member and, like the board itself, the resulting committee is all male.
The Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and the city of Modesto also get one representative each. Agriculture is well-represented on the committee, as is the viewpoint that the district should not sell water to San Francisco.