The turnout of 200 people at Mondays forum in Oakdale confirms that residents, especially in rural areas, are increasingly concerned about wells going dry and other problems associated with overpumping to irrigate vast new almond orchards. A side benefit of the concern is that people are eager to learn more about water issues.
To that end, the Modesto Area Partners in Science have scheduled a free lecture Oct. 25 on the subject keeping our wells from running dry. Chris Petersen, principal hydrogeologist and project manager for West Yost Associates in Davis, will speak beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the MJC West Campus Sierra Hall 132. Admission and parking are free. For more information, go to the MAPS website, http://maps.events.mjc.edu/.