January 10, 2019
The San Joaquin Tributaries Authority (SJTA), of which Turlock Irrigation District (TID) is a member, filed a lawsuit today challenging the Phase 1 of the State Water Board’s Bay-Delta Plan.
The lawsuit, filed in Tuolumne County Superior Court, contends the State Water Board adopted a wholly different plan than it analyzed, violated state and federal due process laws and unlawfully segmented the environmental review of the plan, among other claims. To read the complete filing or to learn more about the process, visit www.tid.org/sed.
“We are incredibly disappointed in the State Water Board’s December 12 action to adopt Phase 1,” said Casey Hashimoto, TID General Manager. “TID and our partners on the Tuolumne put forth a workable solution which could have been implemented immediately and would have produced a greater outcome for native fish when compared to the state’s plan.”
“The state’s plan will result in minimal benefits to fish while severely impacting our communities. That’s not something we can allow,” TID Board President Charles Fernandes said.
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Turlock Irrigation District The Turlock Irrigation District, located in Turlock CA, is the first publicly owned Irrigation District and is one of only four today that provides irrigation water and power to residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural customers within its service area. TID has been in the retail electric business since 1923. TID provides safe, low-cost, reliable energy to a growing customer base that today exceeds 100,000 home, farm, business, industrial and municipal accounts. TID also serves 5,800 irrigation customers covering approximately 150,000 acres of farmland. For more information about TID visit www.tid.org and follow @TurlockID on Twitter.