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MODESTO — Business owners, farmers and residents are urged to attend a series of public meetings to comment on the State Water Quality Control Board’s proposal to increase the flows of three local rivers by 40 percent.
The proposal would increase the amount of water from the Tuolumne, Merced, and Stanislaus river water that would flow into the Delta.
The board’s goal is to improve the salmon count by reducing salinity in the Delta, and it says an adjustment is long overdue.
Opponents to the plan say it means customers in parts of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties would get less water and that such a drastic cut in water allocation would hurt the economy.
Five public hearings are scheduled, including hearings in Stockton on Dec. 16, Merced on Dec. 19 and Modesto on Dec. 20.