A cash-strapped local water district will work with private landowners to apply for grant money to pump more water out of the Mokelumne River. The directors for the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District voted unanimously Thursday evening to spend up to $4,000 on legal costs to apply for a grant that, if approved, could divert river water into Tracy Lake, where it would be used by surrounding landowners.

While many of the details are still to be sorted out, landowners would front most of the money to match grant funds and would be repaid with district water.

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