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Starting next month, millions of young California salmon could be migrating to the ocean in tanker trucks instead of swimming downstream in the Sacramento River.

On Monday, state and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish. They fear the rivers could become too shallow and warm to sustain salmon trying to migrate to sea on their own.

Shrunken habitat could deplete food supply for the young fish, and make them easier prey for predators. It also would make the water warmer, which can be lethal to salmon.



The continuing disappearance of Earth’s last healthy ecosystems, on land and in the oceans, is sadly no longer news. What is news is that saving these ecosystems is affordable and even profitable. An investor-driven approach to conservation finance has the potential to preserve these vital areas, and with them the planet’s natural capital stock of clean air, fresh water and species diversity.

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Click here to read more at www.ssireview.org

Alex Breitler, Record

More than 20,000 salmon splashed up San Joaquin Valley streams to spawn last year, a relatively robust return that you’d think would bode well for future populations.

But now biologists are worried that the offspring of those fish will not survive, because there’s simply not enough water to flush the babies back downstream toward the ocean.

And if they don’t make it out alive, that means fewer adult salmon returning to our rivers three years down the road.

Click here to read more at Recordnet.com

By: Kristine Williams, published in Joaquin Magazine

Stockton cerca 1896When you think of government decisions, what do you picture? Maybe health-care, immigration or thoughts of taxation come to mind. Perhaps images of the White House, State Capitol or even the steps of Stockton’s own historic City Hall emerge in your head. But what about the bus stop? Do the words “government” or “politics” bring forth ideas of local parks, or how far your children have to walk to get to school? Those examples may not be your first thought but government – and those involved in its political process – has a hand in these often unobserved decisions.

These decisions, such as where to build a school, hospital or business, have a wide impact on how we live our day-to-day lives. Let’s look at the previous bus stop example. If you don’t own a car do you have adequate access to public transit? How far is the stop from where you live? Does that transit come frequently enough to be convenient? Does it run in the evenings or on weekends? How much do you have to pay to use that transit? The answers to these questions affect the livelihood of countless people, particularly low-income individuals who rely on such services to get to work or run errands.  (more…)

"U.S. Drought Monitor. Here's what you need to know: Red is bad." - Breitler

“U.S. Drought Monitor. Here’s what you need to know: Red is bad.” – Breitler


Click here to read Alex Breitler’s post on his blog.


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