Mike and Melissa Tozzi: Will someone please get a handle on pumping?

January 2, 2014 

Those of us who live in the Oakdale area have watched the almond explosion and the hundreds of land conversions with open jaws and heads shaking wondering why, who and what?

Three hundred new wells in 2013 with 16-inch casing diameters capable of pumping 2,000 gallons a minute! Thank you reporter J.N. Sbranti and The Bee for providing this information.

Troubling many of us is:

a) What is the cumulative impact on our groundwater supply when all those farmers start pumping?

b) Will the unprecedented growth adversely affect our air quality when they start harvesting?

c) Exactly how much groundwater water is being pumped and going to be pumped?

d) Will water extraction be balanced with supply?

e) Do we really have to wait two years or more for the answers to these questions?

While we wait, will someone try to balance water extraction with supply? Will there be some form of collaborative government approach or will that be left to the new Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors-controlled WAC?

Supervisor Jim DeMartini might be right: Lots of little folks’ oxen will be gored at a cost of thousands for new domestic wells. It’s the price of “progress” … Right?



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