Reading the “Open Letter” advertisement (Oct. 18, Page 3B) from Oakdale Irrigation District, the water district’s management needs to revise the way it operates.
The decision to sell water outside the area was not explained to the public before the water was sold. Normally, a need for secrecy is only valid when negotiating details; after negotiations, an agreement is voted on with public input at a meeting within the district.
The statement that water had to be sold to outsiders to raise money is bogus. Maintenance should be paid for with revenue from water sales to customers within the district. District customers would rather pay higher rates for maintenance than be shorted because of outside sales.
All water is public, whether controlled by OID, the state or the federal government. All water needs to stay within the area – or basin – for local needs and to keep the delta healthy, especially during a four-year drought.
OID is a rogue agency because it does not follow normal protocols for making decisions with public input. The outrage of Stanislaus County supervisors Jim DeMartini and Terry Withrow is fully justified.
Bruce Frohman, Modesto