Talk tackles water dilemma

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat /

The drought hammering much of California will eventually come to an end, but the long-term water dilemmas facing Tuolumne County will remain.

The reasons for the latter is complex.

Consider that, despite high country snow, and ample streams, rivers, and lakes, Tuolumne County and its main water purveyor have no actual "right" to any water - just a contract to receive water from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Or imagine that the county's water-delivery system dates to the Gold Rush and is a crazy quilt of unconnected systems that prevent water from being easily transferred between areas of plenty and areas of need.

All these issues and more are scheduled to be discussed at a forum on the county's water situation Thursday at the Sonora High School auditorium.

The two-hour lecture and discussion with the area's top water experts will touch on topics ranging from the history of the county's water system to how it can be better managed going forward.

For the full story, see the March 11 edition of The Union Democrat.

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