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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