Supervisors to hold water workshop March 4

The Madera County Board of Supervisors will host an informational workshop at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 4, to discuss the development of a strategic response to drought conditions as well as future county-wide water policies.

“We have faced three consecutive years of drought and the impacts are devastating,” said Board Chairman and District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler. “It is extremely important for our county to address these issues and move forward quickly with a strategic response that includes both community input and support.”

The informational workshop will be held in the board of supervisors’ chambers at the Madera County Government Center, 200 W. Fourth St., Madera. It will outline what Madera County has done to date to address ongoing water concerns, and serve as a forum for those interested to provide input and help shape the county’s future water policies.

“It is our hope that private citizens and our local water committees and agencies will attend the workshop and help us frame a plan that is not only practical but sustainable,” Wheeler said. “Although this workshop is only informational, it will help us to better understand the needs of our citizens moving forward.”

Now in its third dry year, the county has seen a declining ground water table. The appropriate county departments have been working on a comprehensive conservation policy that will be presented to the board on March 4.

“California is experiencing its worst drought since record keeping began in the mid 19th century,” said Public Works Division Director Johannes J. Hoevertsz.

“We can’t afford to hope for rain and continue our normal lives when it comes to water,” Hoevertsz said. “We have a crisis on our hands and as such need to act swiftly for the residents of Madera County.”

For more information on the workshop, contact the board of supervisors, (559) 675-7700, or Wheeler,

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