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Seven water district hopefuls state their case to the board

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:00 pm

Applicants for the vacant seat on the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District agreed on Tuesday that district officials need to do a better job explaining what the district does and conduct night meetings so that more residents can attend and learn about the district.

Seven applicants - Mark Beck, Larry Mackey, Eileen St. Yves and Martin Church, all of Acampo, have applied, along with Neal Colwell, Fran Forkas and Richard Prima, all of Lodi - appeared before the board, one at a time, at a special meeting Tuesday morning.

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  • posted at 6:02 pm on Wed, Aug 26, 2009.


    Mr. Pilkington keep up the great work if it went your way there will be no serface water nor ground water.YOU NEED TOO BE RECALLED,get out you are a discrase to the local water agencies and Lodi

  • posted at 3:45 pm on Wed, Aug 26, 2009.


    I am deeply concerned about the overdraft of our ground water. I have read all News Sentinel articles on the subject and I gone to the nsjwd website to get educated on the recharge issue. I believe the nsjwd plan to use it's water allocation to replenish our ground water is a good one. It amazes me that Mr. Pilkington continues to twist facts and mislead readers. Thank you Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Steffani for correcting Pilkington's misleading statements. This guy is a loose cannon!

  • posted at 9:20 am on Wed, Aug 26, 2009.


    What baffles me is why Director Pilkington can not get past something that was said two years ago and instead, help us find a way to put water back into the ground today. He fixates on the illusion that the Board is conspiring to sell water to Stockton and give water to favorite farmers. So much time and effort is being wasted on these obsessions. Subsidized water is available to farmers willing to spend their own money on a second pumping system, but it is not free if it costs them thousands of dollars. To date none have expressed interest, but there is no "free water" deal for anyone.With the exception of Bryan Pilkington, this Board is dedicated to recharging our aquifer. This means we must deliver river water to farmers to stop them from pumping. This will provide more water for those we can not reach. We must also establish basins where river water can be poured over the ground to to soak in. This will cost money. It is fair for those who pump from the ground to pay to put water back into it.Tom Hoffman, ChairmanNSJWCD

  • posted at 2:05 am on Wed, Aug 26, 2009.


    Sue Constituents and Free Water to Select Farmers? In 2007 the Water District sued all its constituents to impose a groundwater charge, then give Free Water (no strings attached) to a Selected Group of Farmers and then Sell 50% of our Water to Stockton. In the court documents of 2007, Ed Steffani ( District Manager & Former Manager of The Stockton Water District ) testified that he planned to sell 50% of the Mokelumne River Water to the Stockton Water District. Steffani also planned to Give Free Water to His Select Group of Farmers (no strings attached). Nine months ago I requested copies of documents from Mr. Steffani, hoping to learn about the Districts Agreements and History. Nine months later I have never seen any Documents that discuss a Free Water Plan. The Water District is Giving Free Water to a Select Group of Farmers and Charging everyone else a groundwater fee even if you don't receive any water. How can this action be fair to "Constituents Who Pay Taxes"?Please ask your Director for the Facts! Thank You, Bryan Pilkington, Director

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