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Forum on Delta plan on Monday

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POSTED October 30, 2013 9:53 p.m.

 STOCKTON — The Delta Coalition will hold a community forum, Monday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the University of the Pacific Alumni House, 1022 Dave Brubeck Way, Stockton. 

The purpose of the forum is to share, “The Real Delta Story”, including the impact of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) on the Bay-Delta estuary and surrounding Delta communities. 

The forum will consist of a presentation by several speakers who are learned experts in their respective fields, including: John Herrick, attorney and water expert; Jeff Michael, University of the Pacific Economist; Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, Restore the Delta Executive Director; Larry Ruhstaller, San Joaquin County Supervisor (District 2) and Chair of the Delta Protection Commission; Ken Vogel, Chairman, San Joaquin County Supervisor (District 4) and Chair of the Delta Conservancy; and Rogene Reynolds, Farmer in the South Delta. 

Panel members will include State Senate and Assembly Members who represent districts that are at the heart of the Delta region, including: Senator Lois Wolk (District 3), Senator Cathleen Galgiani (District 5), Assembly Member Susan Eggman (District 13), Assembly Member Jim L. Frazier, Jr. (District 11), Assembly Member Kristin M. Olson (District 12) and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada (District 14).  Stockton City Councilmember Kathy Miller (District 2) will act as moderator.

This forum is free and open to the public.  The purpose of the forum is to provide information and education about the Delta as an essential environmental and economic resource for agriculture, which is the life-blood of the Delta.  Preserving and enhancing the Delta’s agricultural industry is vital to the region, the State and the Nation.  The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is also the largest estuary on the west coast of the Americas and supports a multibillion dollar Delta and coastal fishing economy.  It is important that everyone understand the Delta and the need for maintaining local control over critical uses and decisions, including those involving improvements in water quality for agriculture and the restoration of fisheries and the ecosystem.

Those planning to attend the forum should enter the University of the Pacific Campus from Pershing Avenue on Larry Heller Drive.  Parking is available in Lot 2, across the street from the Spanos Center and Jansen-Lagorio Gym, and Lot 4, in front of the Long Theatre.  The Alumni House is next to the Long Theatre. 

For additional information about the forum, please call (209) 937-8827 or www.deltacoalition.org.

 

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