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Pond Mud Permit Modified
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The second application to spread byproduct mud from Oakdale's Con Agra plant aerated ponds has been modified. This permit modification included the removal of properties adjacent to Oakdale's Woodward Reservoir.

The JND Thomas Company, Inc. that represents two separate Oakdale farming operations planning to use the byproduct pond mud as soil amendments from the Con Agra ponds filed a withdraw of three parcels earlier this month from its Stanislaus County Food Processing By-product Use project application made to the Stanislaus County Department of Environmental Resources.

The addendum #1 requested the withdrawal of parcels 3(a), 3(b), and 3(c), which are owned by Lloyd T. Prothers, from its plan. South San Joaquin Irrigation District owns the reservoir and it is the source of drinking water, through the Nick C. DeGroot Surface Water Treatment Plant, to the cities of Manteca, Lathrop, and Tracy, with plans to supply potable water in the near future to Escalon and Ripon.

Previously, the water treatment plant manager Bill Hubkey spoke up against having the byproduct spread on the properties adjacent to the reservoir at a public meeting hosted Jan. 20 in Oakdale. He said at the meeting that those properties shed water to the reservoir and he expressed concerns about contamination and other water quality issues to the reservoir.

Parcel 3(a), APN #002-009-005, is nearly 80 acres located east of 28 Mile Road and lies just north of the reservoir. Parcel 3(b), APN #002-021-011, is approximately 303 acres located north of the reservoir and connects on the northeast corner to 3(a). Parcel 3(c), APN #002-021-048, is nearly 439 acres, hugging around the east end of the reservoir, and it is adjacent to the two aforementioned parcels.

A public hearing with the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors is scheduled tentatively for Tuesday, April 6.

All documents on this project are available for review at 3800 Cornucopia Way, Suite C, Modesto and online at

For more information about the project, contact Vicki Jones, Sr. Resource Management Specialist at the Stanislaus County Dept. of Environmental Resources at (209) 525-6710.

For more information go to the county's Environmental Resources website at