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Big victory for the Moke: Conservation groups win EBMUD lawsuit

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“Conservation groups win decisive legal victory in challenging Pardee Reservoir expansion.

“On Monday, April 11, 2011, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley ruled in favor of the Foothill Conservancy, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Friends of the River in their lawsuit challenging the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s 2040 water plan. The groups originally filed suit in November 2009.

““This is a big victory for protecting the Mokelumne River from EBMUD’s proposed Pardee Reservoir expansion, which would destroy nearly two miles of beautiful, free-flowing river eligible for National Wild and Scenic River designation,” said Chris Wright, Foothill Conservancy executive director. “Judge Frawley agreed with us that EBMUD didn’t sufficiently analyze or mitigate impacts to the river’s cultural and recreational resources or the safety issues caused by removing the historic 1912 Middle Bar Bridge. He also agreed that EBMUD violated the California Environmental Quality Act by failing to consider the expansion of Los Vaqueros Reservoir as one of its water supply alternatives. Los Vaqueros is right in EBMUD’s back yard, yet they refused to even take a look at it.

““We’re pretty excited,” said Wright. “The expansion of Pardee Reservoir was strongly opposed by countless foothill and East Bay residents and local governments, historical and tribal groups, local businesses, riverside property owners, federal agencies, PG&E and a broad range of conservation and recreation groups. We took on this fight for them.”

“The proposed expansion of Pardee Reservoir would inundate nearly two miles of the Mokelumne River near Jackson, including a section known as the Middle Bar Run. The reach is significant for its many cultural and historical resources as well as its recreational uses. In his ruling, Judge Frawley noted that the Middle Bar Run was a significant recreational resource that would be eliminated by the Pardee expansion, yet, “… the EIR does not acknowledge the Middle Bar Run even exists.””

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Suit over Pardee Reservoir expansion goes to court

“The fight over an East Bay water utility’s bid to expand a picturesque reservoir and flood up to 1,200 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills will head into a Sacramento courtroom this week.

“While the East Bay Municipal Utility District will argue that a bigger reservoir could be an important source for slaking the thirst of hundreds of thousands of new customers in coming decades, a coalition of conservation and fishing groups says the project is an environmental disaster in the making.

“In approving a 30-year plan to provide water for large swaths of Alameda and Contra Costa counties in 2009, EBMUD reversed its previous position on the Pardee Reservoir, located on the Amador-Calaveras line, according to agency opponents.”