Water-related agencies of all kinds are being invited to participate in the 2015 Stanislaus County Water Summit on Jan. 16. The daylong public event will cover numerous water matters, with a focus on groundwater.
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.
A just-completed computerized hydrologic model of Stanislaus County’s groundwater resources will be explained by its U.S. Geological Survey creator during a Dec. 5 presentation at Modesto Junior College.
A briefing of the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee on the state’s proposals to reduce river diversions for agriculture quickly turned into a pointed discussion about Oakdale Irrigation District’s determination to pump groundwater for its farmers while selling surface water to agencies outside the region.
Pink-shirted students at Patricia Kay Beaver Elementary School, Ceres’ newest campus, race and play during a ceremony capping a weeklong community service project, raising money to fight breast cancer. The school is named for a Ceres teacher who died of breast cancer in 2001, and her daughter is its principal.
A large group of women, “dudes” and young people walked Sunday in downtown Modesto to raise funds for breast cancer research. Organizers said at least 3,500 participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk.
For the third year, Turlock’s firefighters will go pink for October. Local 2434, the union representing firefighters in Turlock, will wear and sell pink shirts to raise awareness and money for the Bill & Elsie Ahlem Cancer Endowment.
Six Modesto Irrigation District customers stand accused – in a very public way – of stealing water in this drought season. They can appeal to the MID board, whose meeting agenda Tuesday includes a presentation on unauthorized use of water.
The State Water Resources Control Board will push back its discussion of curtailing 100-year-old water rights to July 1. The board planned to bring up the controversial issue at its meeting next week, but apparently its staff needs more time to prepare.
Plans to combat drought by allowing water transfers among farmers could be in jeopardy, growers and Modesto Irrigation District leaders learned Tuesday at a meeting tinged with uncertainty and accusations of unfairness.
To cancel a proposed water rate hike, 1,476 Modesto Irrigation District customers would have to protest by today’s deadline. As of last week, opponents were 1,464 protests short of that mark. That and other proposals will be considered today by the MID board.
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