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Kohl Elementary School’s Student Stewards of the Lower Calaveras are teaming up with FLCR to treat the community to music, crafts, science demonstrations, history, and nature appreciation.

“Home base” is the University of the Pacific DeRosa University Center 2nd story deck, overlooking the river we love. Parking is available at either end of the footbridge.

Sunday, October 30, 11am – 1pm

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How is the drought impacting SJ County water supply and river conservation?

 

FIND OUT AT THE SAN JOAQUIN STATE OF OUR RIVERS SYMPOSIUM!

WHEN: THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015

TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM  (CHECK-IN AT 8:30 AM)

WHERE: 555 E. Weber Ave., Stockton CA 95202

FREE ADMISSION!
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED!
PARKING AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL PARKING GARAGE

In the rich farmland of the San Joaquin Valley it’s summertime — peak growing season for many crops. But every sunbaked, scorching day brings another test of water reserves in a region running on empty.

The dearth of irrigation water from rivers or reservoirs has forced growers in the valley 80 miles north of Los Angeles to rely almost entirely on water pumped from wells.
 
“I’m worried from a couple of standpoints,” said grower Stuart Woolf, as he stood in a field of tomatoes at harvest time.  “One, I’m worried that we just flat run out of groundwater.”
 
Some growers have already taken draconian steps to deal with the reality that they don’t have enough water for all their crops. Near Fresno, Shawn Stevenson bulldozed a third of his orange grove.
 

By: Alex Breitler, Record

Often mistaken for a drainage ditch, Stockton’s humble Calaveras River has potential to aid in the recovery of threatened Central Valley steelhead, a federal fish agency said Tuesday.

Measures to help Calaveras steelhead are part of a much broader “recovery plan” released Tuesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The document was described as a “road map” to restore not only steelhead but also imperiled salmon up and down the Valley.

Click here to read more at Recordnet.com

Every now and then, something really good is done for our river and for our fish. Please take a few minutes to watch this fantastic video about recent improvement to the lower Calaveras River: http://youtu.be/6XKvWI4JT5QIt features FLCR’s two hardest working volunteers: Donnie Ratcliff of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Jim Marsh, naturalist/artist/educator extraordinaire. Share this link with anyone who would like a little good news about our environment!

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.