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Welcome to my legislative website. It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve my community. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns that you may have with the district—or with your state government.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) issued the following statement to the Water Resources Control Board during the final hearing of the public comment period on an amendment to the Bay-Delta Plan which would double the minimum environmental flows from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers.
“The proposal before you today contains so many oversights and error and is so substantially flawed that I cannot possibly do every issue justice in the short time I have today.
Half a dozen fish species are inching toward extinction, scientists at the Bay Institute say. Higher up the food chain, whales, seals and pelicans are going hungry. At the same time, thousands of fishing jobs have vanished.
Now, after a decade of work, California water officials are finalizing a more than 3,000-page plan to tackle the problem.
Lots of angry words were billowing about during the momentous state water board hearings in Stockton, Merced and Modesto. There were vows to fight, to resist and not to accept the second-class-citizen status the state's proposed rules would impose. One threatened to "unleash the dogs of war."
Through most of it, board members sat stoically, letting it roll off their backs. They expected anger. But there was one word that probably made board members nervous.
We hope the state water board left Modesto having heard one message: It won’t be easy taking the water the San Joaquin Valley depends on.
Similar messages had already been delivered in hearings in Stockton and Merced. Tuesday, more than 1,000 people were in Modesto’s Centre Plaza just five days before Christmas to either convince the State Water Resources Control Board of its folly or confront it with defiance.
Welcome to Merced County. I want to express my appreciation to you for expanding the scope of the comment period on the substitute environmental document to include hearings in the impacted local communities of Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin counties.
The two hearings which have already taken place in Sacramento and Stockton were incredibly enlightening and have made clear to me, and I hope to you, that the proposal before you today is fundamentally incomplete and should not be considered a candidate for adoption.
On Monday and Tuesday, the residents of Merced and Stanislaus counties have a chance to tell the State Water Resources Control Board our reactions and comments to their proposal to increase the unimpaired flows of the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers to 40 percent.
It is imperative that the community attend the upcoming hearings of the State Water Resources Control Board on their proposal to increase minimum flows from the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers by 100%. It is essential that our community make our extreme opposition to this proposal known to the Water Board.
This proposal will have profound negative effects on the economy, groundwater, and drinking water of Merced and Stanislaus County. It will radically alter our quality of life for many years to come. The Water Board will be taking public testimony at this hearing and it is important that we show up and speak out clearly and forcefully against this proposal.
In reading a recent editorial in the Los Angeles Times, we just about choked on our Cheerios.
One of our nation’s truly great newspapers, with inspiring editorial writers, the Times noted that California is more than merely lines on a map. Invoking the “California condor, the giant sequoia, the golden trout,” the writer implied that farmers in Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties have lost sight of what it means to be Californians. Since we’re all in this state together, folks living around here should be happy to give up more of the water that flows through our communities to save salmon.