The State Water Resources Control Board is scheduled today to make a final decision on Lodi's permit to discharge wastewater.
It had previously postponed a decision on the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance's challenge of Lodi's permit. The group has concerns about the levels of pollutants in the treated wastewater the city uses for irrigation on fields near the White Slough wastewater treatment plant.
From mid-April to mid-October, the city puts some of its wastewater into 790 acres of farmland and 49 acres of unlined storage ponds.
The regional board has previously approved the city's current permit with the requirement that the city further investigates whether it is contributing to groundwater contamination in the area.
It is unclear what the exact consequences would be if the state sends the permit back to its regional board to be reconsidered. But if this happens, the city could face additional regulation, leading to costly upgrades to its plant or changes to how the city uses wastewater, said Water Services Manager Charlie Swimley at a previous meeting.
- News-Sentinel staff.
Applicants sought for Teen Lead program
Local teens interested in leadership can still apply for a Lodi Youth Commission program.
Teen Lead runs for 10 months and is open to high school sophomores and juniors who want to be more involved in the community.
Applications will be accepted until July 17. For more information or for an application, go to www.lodiyouthcommission.com or Hutchins Street Square.
- Layla Bohm.
Lodi man reappointed to county retirement board
Ed O'Neill III, of Lodi, was reappointed to a three-year term of the San Joaquin County Retirement Board, which manages the retirement system for county employees. The Board of Supervisors appointed O'Neill on June 23.
Two others, Jack Schuffenhauer, of Lodi, and Richard Goucher, of Stockton, also applied for the seat.
O'Neill will be paid $100 per meeting, not to exceed $500 per month. There are normally two meetings per month.
- Ross Farrow.
Fuhs reappointed to Camanche board
Acampo resident Mary Fuhs was reappointed to the Camanche Regional Park Advisory Board, which advises the East Bay Municipal Utility District of operations and maintenance of parks and day-use areas.
The board, consisting of two representatives each from San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador counties, meets three times a year. Fuhs, who will serve a four-year term, will be compensated for mileage at the county rate and get a free dinner each July by EBMUD.
- Ross Farrow.
Supes extend benefits to same-sex couples
Complying with state law, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted to allow spouses of gay county employees who were married between June 16 and Nov. 5, 2008 to be eligible for health insurance.
The county's health plans had defined an eligible spouse as being from a legally valid marriage to a member of the opposite sex.
There is one request to add a same-sex spouse to the county's benefit programs, according to Human Resources Director Cynthia M. Clays.