Casey Johnson shows where the gravity flow line once came out on his property from the Modesto Irrigation District canal behind the chain-link fence. The pipe had been there for roughly 25 years and was there when the Johnsons bought the property eight years ago. But in mid-August, they received a letter from MID telling them it had been discovered by a ditchtender just nine days prior, that they were being fined $1,500 for theft and their water rights suspended indefinitely. They contend the district knew about the gravity flow devices along the canal, since they removed and reinstalled them while performing canal repairs in 2007. They claim they never took a drop of water they didn’t have a right to, and use only about half of their annual allotment.
Casey Johnson shows where the gravity flow line once came out on his property from the Modesto Irrigation District canal behind the chain-link fence. The pipe had been there for roughly 25 years and was there when the Johnsons bought the property eight years ago. But in mid-August, they received a letter from MID telling them it had been discovered by a ditchtender just nine days prior, that they were being fined $1,500 for theft and their water rights suspended indefinitely. They contend the district knew about the gravity flow devices along the canal, since they removed and reinstalled them while performing canal repairs in 2007. They claim they never took a drop of water they didn’t have a right to, and use only about half of their annual allotment. jjardine@modbee.com
Casey Johnson shows where the gravity flow line once came out on his property from the Modesto Irrigation District canal behind the chain-link fence. The pipe had been there for roughly 25 years and was there when the Johnsons bought the property eight years ago. But in mid-August, they received a letter from MID telling them it had been discovered by a ditchtender just nine days prior, that they were being fined $1,500 for theft and their water rights suspended indefinitely. They contend the district knew about the gravity flow devices along the canal, since they removed and reinstalled them while performing canal repairs in 2007. They claim they never took a drop of water they didn’t have a right to, and use only about half of their annual allotment. jjardine@modbee.com

Jeff Jardine: Fighting MID on water theft allegation

August 30, 2014 6:45 PM