Lots of meetings about water – or lack of it – are planned this month in Modesto and beyond

local@modbee.comJanuary 4, 2014 

Water. There may not be much of it falling from the sky or flowing down the rivers, but there’s plenty of talk about it.

The drought and concerns about overdrafting of groundwater supplies is prompting numerous government agencies to hold public hearings and workshops this month on assorted water-related topics.

Here are a few of what’s scheduled:

Tuesday: Representatives from the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, the California Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board will discuss agricultural water transfers and drought preparedness, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the main auditorium at 1220 N St., Sacramento. This meeting will be streamed online at www.cdfa.ca.gov/LiveMediaStream.html.

Wednesday : The East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition will provide an update on monitoring for water pollution on farmland, including nitrates that could taint rural water systems. The update will be provided twice, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. in Harvest Hall at the Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, 3800 Cornucopia Way, Modesto.

Jan. 14: Turlock Irrigation District staff will make a presentation about the 2014 irrigation season and current water conditions during the board of directors meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. in the TID boardroom, 333 E. Canal Drive, Turlock.

Jan. 15: The Modesto Irrigation District will hold a workshop and tours of its water operations. An overview will be provided of the district’s irrigation operations, water treatment plant and Don Pedro Reservoir relicensing process. Tours will be offered of the MID’s canal system, Don Pedro, the La Grange Dam and the water treatment plant. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. in the MID boardroom, 1231 11th St., Modesto.

Jan. 21: The Oakdale Irrigation District board of directors will discuss the district’s policy on how it will divvy up irrigation allocations if there’s a shortage of surface water, 9 a.m. in the OID boardroom, 1205 E. F St.

Jan. 22: The State Water Resources Control Board will discuss the state’s Draft Groundwater Workplan Concept Paper, which addresses the state’s groundwater challenges. That hearing will begin at 9 a.m. in the California Environmental Protection Agency building, 1001 I St., Sacramento.

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