In a time of drought and ever greater state demands on the water that flows through our region, it’s important everyone in the region knows where the water comes from, how to share it and how to protect our rights to it. The Stanislaus Water Coalition has scheduled a town hall meeting on Wednesday in Oakdale, bringing in a variety of experts – including some who serve on the Water Advisory Committee currently trying to come up with groundwater policies – to speak to anyone who wants to listen or participate. Among the speakers are Walt Ward, the county’s water resource manager; Steve Knell, Oakdale Irrigation District’s general manager; Sarge Green, of the California Water Institute; Waynze Zipser, executive director of the Farm Bureau and the WAC’s leader. Oakdale gets its water from the Stanislaus River, which it shares with the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, and by pumping groundwater. The meeting will be in the Community Center, 110 S. Second St., at 6:30 p.m.