California's Bay-Delta Plan is a water quality plan created by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The stated purpose of the plan is to set water quality objectives and define how those objectives are to be implemented.
Phase I of the plan seeks to require 40 percent unimpaired flow to be released downstream within the Tuolumne River and two other San Joaquin tributaries February through June annually for alleged environmental benefit. Unfortunately for MID and our Tuolumne River partner Turlock Irrigation District (TID), this means using existing or potential stored water from Don Pedro Reservoir to satisfy the state's demands. What's worse, the plan calls for a new annual requirement of MID and TID to store a large amount of water in Don Pedro Reservoir for fish, which further limits our water storage flexibility and delivery capabilities.
MID, together with TID, has continually communicated and demonstrated that we have better science and better solutions for the Tuolumne River to address the same concerns that the SWRCB is attempting to solve. We spoke up – along with hundreds of our fellow community members and leaders – at public hearings and submitted written comments against the SED.
Our region has never faced a challenge of this proportion. This water grab has the potential to impact our region's way of life. Don't you think it's Worth Your Fight? Visit www.WorthYourFight.org for more details.