(mercedsunstar.com) “We definitely want to deliver a message,” said Stanislaus County Supervisor Terry Withrow. “We want to call BS. This is an insult to our intelligence.”
Withrow was speaking to Les Grober, a high-ranking state water board staffer who attended a packed meeting of the Stanislaus Water Advisory Committee in downtown Modesto. And those weren’t the angriest or loudest words Grober and two other board staffers heard.
Officials from Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties listened as state officials explained the revised Substitute Environmental Document – a 3,100-page justification for taking twice as much water from our region as the state takes now.
The SED justifies sending 40 percent of the flows from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers down the San Joaquin to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – basically, double current flows.
There’s no doubt both species are in trouble, but many are questioning the state’s sudden urgency.