Online public meetings still OK but some water agencies are pulling the plug

 •  by Lois Henry
Growers and water managers pack a Kern Groundwater Authority meeting in Dec. 2019. Some water agencies are going back to in-person-only meetings while others consider continuing to provide a public online option. CREDIT: Lois Henry

While most public water agencies are still mulling whether to keep an online option for their meetings, some have already clicked off Zoom and marched straight back to early 2020.

The Westlands Water District, which covers a huge swath of western Fresno County, will no longer have a public online option for the public to access its meetings starting June 15.

Growers who had been attending meetings and participating in workshops in droves through Zoom and by telephone, will now have to head to Westlands’ Fresno offices once a month for board and committee meetings which can start as early as 10 a.m. and last throughout the day.

Whether they’ll get a seat is up for question as social distancing will be enforced and public seating in the board room is already extremely limited. Some seats will also be set up in the breakroom, according to a district spokeswoman

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