September 2009


Fish kill after first fall rain

By The Record

September 20, 2009 12:00 AM

STOCKTON – The advocacy group Friends of the Lower Calaveras River reported numerous dead fish this week near the University of the Pacific campus.

A bicycle commuter noticed the fish in the Calaveras just east of the Pershing Avenue bridge on Wednesday morning and reported it to the group.

Large catfish, carp and small shad were among the dead species.

Such incidents are common on Stockton waterways after the first rains of the fall. Those rains scour away a summer’s worth of gunk and ooze from city streets and carry toxic substances – motor oil, for example – into storm drains that empty into the Calaveras and other channels.

Those channels drain into the sensitive Delta.

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From: Mercury News, San Mateo

As lawmakers prepared for a weekendlong sprint toward an elusive fix for the state’s rickety water system, the Obama administration rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plea for relief from environmental protection laws.


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Editorial: Oakland Tribune, 09/06/2009

AFTER FAILING to pass a balanced budget and failing to reach a workable state prisoner-reduction plan, legislative leaders and the governor are now rushing to pass a water reform package that also is flirting with failure.

It appears that the underlying purpose of the legislation is to build an updated version of the Peripheral Canal around the Delta to divert water to the Central Valley and Southern California.

We understand that some new form of conveyance is needed to assure reliable deliveries of fresh water to the 25 million Californians who rely on trans-Delta water, whether it be a canal or underground aqueduct….

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By: Peter Firmrite, SF Chronicle

Birds of a feather will no longer flock together, and some California species will face extinction as a result of global warming, according to a study released Tuesday by PRBO Conservation Science.

The study, which predicts how birds in California will adapt to changing climatic conditions, says there will be a dramatic change in the pecking order of the avian world over the next 60 years…
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