July 2011

Central Valley Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, on Wednesday declared his opposition to state plans for a peripheral canal to suck water out of the Sacramento River and convey it around the Delta to users south of the Delta.

His opposition is believed to be the first by a member of Congress to the latest iteration of the peripheral canal, a plan that was rejected by California voters in 1982.

In remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday, Mr. McNerney said he supported efforts by landowners in the Delta area who are fighting attempts by the state to conduct surveys and studies without permission on private land.


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By: Alex Breitler

But the Stockton East Water District says it will support another symposium only if its concerns are addressed.

The district wasn’t thrilled with the subjective nature of the “river report cards” which members of the audience were asked to fill out after listening to speakers at the May event.

The report card results did paint a somewhat pessimistic picture of the state of our streams. That concerns Stockton East, which diverts flows off the Calaveras and Stanislaus rivers for farms and city folk.

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The decline of large predators and other “apex consumers” at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems across the planet.

The finding is reported by an international team of scientists in a paper in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

The study looked at research results from a wide range of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems and concluded ”the loss of apex consumers is arguably humankind’s most pervasive influence on the natural world.”


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