Eye On Modesto

Thoughts and observations about Modesto and Stanislaus County

Proposed transfer threatens River

A proposed transfer of 2 million gallons of water per day from the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is currently under negotiation. This water would come from the Tuolumne River. Since 2008, when the environmental impacts of the transfer were studied, water use and demand projections have decreased dramatically, raising questions about the need for additional diversions. In addition, because the SFPUC reportedly will only ask for the water every 3rd year, the true cost of the water will be a staggering $2,100 per acre foot! At a time when water rates are increasing substantially every year to pay for system upgrades, it makes little sense to invest in unneeded, and highly priced, water. To register your opinion with the SFPUC, click here.

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