The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday night to reaffirm its February support of state “Wild and Scenic” protection for the Mokelumne River.
Nearly 50 people, including numerous elected leaders from neighboring Amador County, spoke before the board during Tuesday’s standing-room-only meeting. The emotional back-and-forth public testimony included passionate arguments on both sides of the issue.
Board Chairwoman Debbie Ponte said she doesn’t want to see what happened to the Stanislaus River canyon with the creation of New Melones Reservoir happen to the Mokelumne River.
“I think this is a great opportunity to save the Mokelumne,” she said.
The 4-1 vote to reaffirm the original resolution calling for the protection of the Mokelumne River was opposed by Supervisor Cliff Edson.
“This has to be a choice based on facts, common sense and collaboration,” he said.
Among the public comments made during the four-hour meeting was opposition from several Amador County leaders as well as representatives of state Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, and Congressman Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay.
The Mokelumne River straddles Calaveras and Amador counties.
For the complete story, see the July 30, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.