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Town hall meeting takes aim at possible solutions to water problems

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Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:00 am

A stern warning issued to the audience by North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board president Tom Hoffman at the beginning of Wednesday's town hall meeting proved unnecessary as experts, the board and audience members calmly discussed the region's groundwater problems and possible solutions.

"I expect everyone to be civil," he said at the start of the meeting. "There is no reason to be rude or use profanity."

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  • posted at 2:09 am on Fri, May 14, 2010.


    why does no one ask, what will be the effect if this water is diverted? Hmm I believe that the salt intrusion into the delta will be an issue in the next few decades. The focus should be on conservation and lower population density. Too many people live in LA and SF.

  • posted at 6:26 pm on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    I'm glad I went to this meeting to learn about our ground water and our surface water resources. It was good to learn the ground water overdraft problem is not as dire as some would lead us to believe, and that using more surface water to irrigate crops and to recharge ground water are are viable solutions to the problem.I learned that the volume of water used within the city limits is only a very small percentage of total area ground water used. Conservation efforts within the city won't do much to solve the problem and neither will a forty million dollar treatment plant.

  • posted at 4:40 pm on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    Mr. Pilkington, as a member of the board, do you wish to keep local control of our water rights? If so, what is YOUR proposal for how we can use and keep the 20,000 acre feet of water?

  • posted at 4:23 pm on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    Pilkington distorted Dr. Harter by omitting half of the story. When Pilkington complains that water we put into the ground here would move to the lower part of "the cone of depression", he leaves a false imprression. Dr. Harter also explained that water moves in the ground at an average rate of ONE FOOT A DAY, depending on soil composition. This is an average movment of 365 feet per year. Therefore, if water is recharged into the ground along the Victor Road - Kettleman Lane corridor will take awhile to move south to the lowest depression east of Stockton. THE DISTANCE IS ABOUT TEN MILES, AND THE TIME WOULD BE ABOUT 145 YEARS. So water stored now would remain in North San Joaquin in the ground for well users about 100 years before it escapes to Stockton. Over the next 100 years about 14 million acre feet of surplus water will escape down the Mokelumne to the Pacific if we continue not to use it. Which is better, having it escape slowly to Stockton or rabidly to the Ocean? For local control of our water it is crucial to pass C.

  • posted at 4:19 am on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    Mr. Hoffman, I understand that, but I find it hard to believe much that comes from the old carrer board members. First the board says Stockton doesn't get any water and now they're saying that's not true. I don't think there would be so much opposition except for the fact that the board tried not only fooling everyone, but blatantly taking funds when it was determined that you had no right to do so. That money spent on attorneys could've been used for infrastructure. It's time to concentrate on life sustaining crops rather than any more winegrapes, many of which are simply crushed and the juice sent elsewhere for many cheap wines. I don't think anyone wants to admit that you're overpumping and depleting the water supply with agricultural overuse and hoarding, first which comes to sustain animal, plant and human life first. If you're suggesting that humans take a back seat to winegrapes and agricultural water waste and overuse, then so be it. Water has been made into a commodity and one day soon will be traded on Wall Street like other commodities. Clean up your own house before asking for anyone to pay to pump.

  • posted at 3:02 am on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    Water is needed by everyone and everyone needs to be concerned about our receding groundwater supply. We need to start projects and stop talking about "us" and "them", "our water" and "their water". Yes Bryan, water flows downhill, but before it arrives at the Stockon depression, it will have helped raise well levels along the way. We need to stop fighting in court and put our money to work, so that 20 years down the road we aren't at the brink of a disaster from which we can not return. And Mr. Pressureson, the only thing NSJWCD wants is to get water into the ground. That is our purpose and goal. We do not want profits. We want projects. We need to support Measure C. Please join me in voting YES!

  • posted at 2:48 am on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    I voted yes on C,(mailed my absentee in) I am not myopic, unlike the previous blogs. Look to the future, and if we don't do this, the state is guaranteed to take it away. People in the South valley hire water engineers to tell them where to drill. One ranch paid $600,000 for the engineering and well drilling. Fact.So I don't want that in our future.

  • posted at 2:11 am on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    Mr. Hoffman, I owe you an apology. But if you hadn't chosen to fight measureV, I think it was, and spend all those funds on attorneys instead of keeping up with the infrastructure, those projects now required would have been done long ago. And what's with the voting system based on points instead of individual votes? So the highest water users will get tens of thousandsof "votes" while the little guy will be lucky to get a hundred "votes"? Again, the face of corruption rears its ugly head. I don't think any of you other than Mr. Pilkington care about anything but generating profits and taxpayers money to fix the problems you've let go while fighting one another. It's time to replace the good old boy and pecking order system and replace any board member that's just an old Weybret crony and send them down the road. Let your wealthy water baron farmers who hoard water and not use it pay the costs. VOTE no on C.

  • posted at 2:10 am on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    All Water Flows to StocktonI want to thank Dr. Harter for confirming what the Water District Manager Ed Steffani has said during his testimony in Superior Court. Manager Steffani Stated, "so the more that we help the Stockton area stop using groundwater, the sooner this big hole that I talked about, this depression east of Stockton, the sooner that hole will disappear and the slower the water will move from our area to the Stockton area. It's in our interest to fill in that hole." Dr. Harter confirmed that, "All water flows to the lowest point" and ground water flows to Stockton. All the water that is placed into the ground will flow toward the "Cone of Depression" under Stockton. How can we be asked to pay a Water Tax when Stockton receives the water? Dr. Harter said, "water will always flow to the lowest point". The Stockton Developers want to build more homes and need our water. Measure C is asking us to spend our Tax Dollars to help Stockton solve their "Water Problem". We must say, No Water Tax, to benefit Stockton. We must say NO on Measure C. Thank you,

  • posted at 1:36 am on Thu, May 13, 2010.


    Stop the ILLEGAL TAX!Save our water! NO on CKeep up the good work Bryan.Save our water! NO on CStop the ILLEGAL TAX!

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