A tentative agreement on Stanislaus River flows could shore up irrigation supplies and keep Lake Tulloch from emptying this summer. The deal calls for regulators to relax the springtime flow requirements aimed at getting young salmon to the Pacific Ocean. The saved water could help the Oakdale and South San Joaquin irrigation districts.
The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce held its 42nd annual Ag Scholarship Luncheon on Thursday. Guest speaker Valerie Kincaid urged support for increased water storage, more efficient use of current supplies and regional cooperation on water needs.
The Symbiosis Gathering will return to Woodward Reservoir near Oakdale in September as the arts and music festival marks its 10-year anniversary. Similar to the 2013 festival at Woodward regional park, it will feature music, large-scale art installations, entertainment, gourmet organic food, yoga, dance classes and more. But this year’s gathering also will feel like a reunion.
The city of Oakdale is holding open houses Friday for three historic buildings it owns. The city will be accepting proposals of interest from individuals, nonprofit groups and private businesses that can rehabilitate the properties.
Horses graze in a pasture at Leard’s L-3 Ranch on Rodden Road in Oakdale on Monday afternoon. A mostly sunny day Wednesday, with a high near 66, is predicted by the National Weather Service for the Modesto area. But by Thursday night, it’s supposed to be mostly cloudy. Friday, there’s a 40 percent chance of showers, climbing to an 80 percent chance Friday night. Rain also is likely Saturday.
An Oakdale-based nonprofit organization has harnessed the energy and enthusiasm of youth to help save the lives of homeless animals. The work between the ASTRO Foundation and students had a multipronged beginning.
The Oakdale annual awards banquet, at which the Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for citizen of the year, junior achievement, community service, business of the year and lifetime achievement, will be held Friday at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
For the next five months, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will remove contaminated soil from the Oakdale site of a manufactured gas plant that operated from 1913 to 1930, using coal and oil to make fuel before the arrival of natural gas pipelines.
An 11-minute video documents how biologists, engineers, technicians and volunteers spent about two years creating salmon and steelhead trout habitat along the Stanislaus River between Oakdale and Knights Ferry.
A proposal to pay Oakdale farmers to voluntarily fallow their land has been postponed to January. OID General Manager Steve Knell said 85 landowners attended workshops Saturday about how the program would work, but “very few” submitted applications.