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County Supervisors Host Water Workshop

MADERA COUNTY – The Madera County Board of Supervisors will host an informational workshop on Tuesday, Mar. 4, at 10 a.m. to discuss the development of a strategic response to drought conditions as well as future countywide water policies.

“We have faced three consecutive years of drought and the impacts are devastating,” said Tom Wheeler, Board Chairman and District 5 Supervisor.

“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 Street in Madera. It will outline what Madera County has done to date to address ongoing water concerns, and serve as a forum for interested stakeholders 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 Johannes J. Hoevertsz, Public Works Division Director.

“We can’t afford to hope for rain and continue our normal lives when it comes to water. 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, please contact the Board of Supervisors at 559.675.7700 or Chairman Wheeler at tom.wheeler@madera-county.com.

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