Last week the state Water Resources Control Board took public comments on its proposed recommendation to order the local irrigation districts to significantly increase fish flows in the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. Their proposal would result in thousands of acres of fallowed farmland during dry years like this one, and higher electric bills for all.
On behalf of the Turlock Irrigation District, I would like to thank the elected officials, urban and rural electric ratepayers, and members of the business and farming communities for taking time from their busy schedules to attend this critical hearing. District staff and consultants have been working behind the scenes for more than two years to express our strong objections to this proposal. On March 20, the water board heard each attendee tell their personal story and how critical water is to our local economy. No one can tell the story better than each of you.
board president, Turlock Irrigation District
Editor's note: Written comments on this proposal are being accepted through Friday. They should be sent to Jeanine Townsend, clerk to the board, State Water Resources Control board, P.O. Box 100, Sacramento 95814-0100; submitted by fax to Townsend at (916) 341-5620 or emailed to email@example.com.