CSAC Bulletin Article

CSAC Visits Merced & Stanislaus County

September 14, 2023

On Friday, September 1, CSAC visited Merced and Stanislaus Counties for a tour hosted by Supervisors Daron McDaniels, Scott Silveira, and Vito Chiesa to learn about regional projects making an impact in their community. The tour was attended by CSAC leadership and staff as well as Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources Chair Chris Howard and Vice Chair Heidi Hall, CSAC First Vice President Bruce Gibson and CSAC Second Vice President Jeff Griffiths.

Supervisor McDaniels kicked off the day at the Merced County Office of Emergency Services with an overview of the Castle Inland Port. Merced County was recently granted funding to build an inland port to move freight across the state, serve as an economic driver for the local economy, and ease semi-truck traffic on Highway 99. Attendees then learned about how the Castle Air Force Base, closed in 1995, now serves as a testing facility for autonomous vehicle companies from across the country.

In Stanislaus County, Supervisor Chiesa welcomed the group to the Turlock Irrigation District (TID), a community-owned, water and electricity utility. TID staff led the group to the “brain room” where CSAC learned about their existing power generation portfolio and witnessed staff working in real time on their dynamic electric distribution system.

The tour concluded with a presentation from TID General Manager, Michelle Reimer, on the current forward-thinking projects and innovative approaches the district is undertaking to meet state goals around water and the challenges they face.

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