My Motherlode –
While they say they appreciate Governor Gavin Newsom’s help to settle what has been billed by many as a “massive water grab,” two water districts are crying foul over his solution.
Tri-Dam Partners the Oakdale (OID) and South San Joaquin (SSJID) irrigation districts, which developed New Melones and maintain senior water rights, recently sent a letter outlining their concerns to Mother Lode Congressman Tom McClintock and U.S. Representatives Jerry McNerney and Josh Harder. Among those cc’d were California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, seven other U.S. Representatives, and the heads of CalEPA and NRA.
The letter was intended as both an update and a “squeaky wheel” complaint to the lawmakers that the proposal constitutes unfair treatment to their constituents.
The communication argues that Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest proposed framework for voluntary settlement agreements among the stakeholders is still not cutting it because the proposal fails to include a sustainable operations plan for the Stanislaus River and it ignores the Bureau of Reclamation’s new biological opinion and other local science.