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EBMUD votes 7-0 to drop Pardee expansion
Foothill Conservancy report
4/25/12
On Tuesday, April 24 in Oakland, the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a revised district Water Supply Management Plan 2040 that drops the controversial expansion of Pardee Reservoir. The expansion would have destroyed at least a mile of the Mokelumne River, including a section eligible for National Wild and Scenic River designation.

The original WSMP 2040, adopted in October 2009, was successfully challenged in court by the Foothill Conservancy, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Friends of the River. A resulting court order required EBMUD to conduct further environmental review and consider participating in the expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County. The revised WSMP is a result of the revised environmental review. It includes a partnership with the Contra Costa Water District in the Los Vaqueros Expansion, expected to be completed later this year.

�We are very happy with the outcome of this long and challenging process,� said Foothill Conservancy President Katherine Evatt after the meeting. �We�re proud of our foothill communities for coming together to tell EBMUD �no� and to protect the Mokelumne River. We�re glad we filed the suit and saw it through. And we�re grateful to EBMUD for changing course. Their decision is right for the foothills, right for the East Bay, and right for the Mokelumne River. Now we can move on to permanently protecting the river with National Wild and Scenic River designation so no one has to go through a process like this on the upper Moke again.�

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