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Important Don Pedro ReLicensing Meetings for the Public

There will be two Don Pedro Relicensing meetings the public is encouraged to attend on January 30th from 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM  and January 31st 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  These meetings will be held at the MID offices in Modesto so please try to attend.

For those who are unable to participate in the meetings in person here is the call in information:

    Call-in Phone Number 866-994-6437, Conference Code 5424697994

–          Online meeting information (below – same for both days)

Join online meeting

https://meet.hdrinc.com/jenna.borovansky/3D64F0F5  

First online meeting? Here are the agendas:

Initial Study Report Meeting (Day 1)

Wednesday January 30, 2013   8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Meeting Location: MID Offices, Modesto

Time

Topic

8:00

Opening – Agenda Review, Purpose of Meeting 

8:20

W&AR‐15 Socioeconomics Study

8:40

W&AR‐01 Water Quality Assessment

9:00

W&AR‐02 Project Operations/Water Balance Model

9:25

W&AR‐03W&AR‐16 Reservoir Temperature ModelLower Tuolumne River Temperature Model

9:55

W&AR‐04 Spawning Gravel Study

Break – 10:20

   

10:35

    IFIM Schedule and Update

10:45

W&AR‐05   Salmonid Populations Information Integration

11:05

W&AR‐06 Tuolumne River Chinook Salmon Population Model

11:30

W&AR‐10 Onchorhynchus mykiss Population Study

Lunch Break – 11:50

   

12:50

W&AR‐07 Predation Study

1:15

W&AR‐08 Salmonid Redd Mapping

1:40

W&AR‐11 Chinook Salmon Otolith Study

2:05

W&AR‐12 Onchorhynchus mykiss Habitat Assessment

2:30

W&AR‐13 La Grange Reservoir Fish Assemblage and Population Study

Break – 2:55

   

3:10

W&AR‐14 Temperature Criteria Assessment

3:35

W&AR‐17 Don Pedro Reservoir  Fish Population Study

4:00

W&AR‐18 Sturgeon Study

4:25

W&AR‐19 Riparian Information Study

4:50

W&AR‐20 O.mykiss Scale & Age Study

5:15

  Wrap-Up & Review 1/31 Schedule

 

 

Initial Study Report Meeting (Day 2)

Thursday January 31, 2013   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Meeting Location: MID Offices, Modesto

Time

Topic

8:00

Opening – Agenda Review, Purpose of Meeting 

8:15

CR‐01 Historic Properties Study

8:40

CR‐02 Native American Traditional Cultural Properties Study

9:05

TR‐01 Special-Status Plants Study

9:30

TR‐02 ESA- and CESA-Listed Plants Study

9:55

TR‐03 Wetland Habitats Associated with Don Pedro Reservoir Study

Break – 10:20

   

10:35

TR‐04 Noxious Weed Survey

11:00

TR‐05 ESA-Listed Wildlife – Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle Study

11:25

TR‐06 Special‐Status Amphibians‐Aquatic Reptiles Study

11:50

TR‐07 ESA-Listed Amphibians – California Red-Legged Frog Study
Lunch Break – 12:15    

1:15

TR‐08 ESA-List Amphibians – California Tiger Salamander Study

1:40

TR‐09 Special‐Status Bats Study

2:05

TR‐10 Bald Eagle Study

2:30

RR‐01 Recreation Facility and Public Accessibility Assessment

Break – 2:55

   

3:10

RR‐02 Whitewater Boating Take Out Improvement Feasibility

3:35

RR‐03 Lower Tuolumne River Boatable Flow Study

4:00

RR‐04 Visual Quality Study

4:25

  Wrap-Up and Next Steps

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MID Board Votes 5-0 to Kill Water Sale With San Francisco

Seal of the City of San Francisco for fair use...

Seal of the City of San Francisco for fair use to illustrate the article about San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Emerson Drake

After emerging from closed session Board President Tom Van Groningen made the following announcement.

Based on information received from the City and County of San Francisco, the MID Board of Directors directed staff and General Counsel to discontinue further negotiations regarding the proposed sale of water to the City and County of San Francisco.

We’ve filed a Public Information Request for SFPUC’s letter to MID but apparently they refused MID’s request to change the contract’s language regarding the right of first refusal and being first to receive the contracted amount during a drought.

I’ll write in more detail regarding today’s meeting later. 

Congratulations for all of those who stood their ground and fought against the proposed sale.  Well Done.

Saving Money and a River

English: Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River, Yose...

English: Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park, California, July 2008; photo by self, GFDL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Peter Drekmeier

Do you know where your water comes from? If you’re reading this, chances are most of it originates in the “wild and scenic” Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park. That’s where the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir stores snowmelt from the High Sierra for use throughout much of the Bay Area. San Mateo County receives about 85 percent of its water from the Tuolumne.

Paying $1.5 million per year for water we no longer need makes no sense and would further outrage ratepayers. Fortunately, there’s still time for our elected representatives to choose a different path. Do you know where your city councilmembers stand on this issue? Are they even aware it’s being considered?

Please contact your elected representatives and encourage them to stand up for you as a ratepayer. You can express your concerns to the SFPUC by visiting http://tinyurl.com/StopTheTransfer

For the entire article go to  http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=1751322&title=OP-ED: Saving Money and a River

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Peter Drekmeier
Bay Area Program Director
Tuolumne River Trust
111 New Montgomery, #205
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 882-7252 x 302

A Joint Letter from MID & TID Against 27,000 Acre Feet to San Francisco 2007

Back on October 1, 2007 MID got together with TID and issued a joint letter to Paul Maltzer Environmental Review Officer WSIP DEIR.

In this letter they argue against a proposed diversion of 27,000 Acre Feet of water to San Francisco from the Tuolumne River.  This is exactly what they  WANT to do now.  The letter talks about the harm that will be caused bythe proposed diversion.

Please read the letter for yourselves and question the reason for the complete about face and the motives of MID leadership and staff.

MIDTID2007LettertoPUC

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