February 2012

Just a quick reminder that the 2012 State of Our Rivers Symosium is just around the corner!

We have a great Symposium planned for this year with an awesome line-up of speakers representing all fou major rivers in San Joaquin County (Calaveras, San Joaquin, Mokelumne, and Stanislaus).

Click here For more information on the symposium, and to access a copy the Draft Program.


Margit Aramburu retired last fall from the position of Director of the Natural Resources Institute at UOP. She was the first director of the Delta Protection Commission, serving 12 years. She worked in permitting and planning positions at the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission for 15 years. Between those two positions, she worked in private sector as a development project manager for a project in Napa. Ms Aramburu is a California native who was raised in Portola Valley and

went on her first pack trip to the Sierras at age one. She attended Canada and Foothill Junior Colleges, earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Humboldt State, and received an MLA in environmental planning from UC Berkeley. She is now living in a coastal watershed in Aptos, California.


On Saturday, February 25th,  FLCR hosted our 3rd Annual Polar Bear Clean-up event.

Over 50 community members gave their all and helped us take advantage of a unique opportunity to pull over 13 cubic yards of trash and debris directly out of the riverbed.

Several shopping carts were dug out of the riverbed, mattresses, blankets, and bicycle tires were among the items removed from the river bed.

Special thanks to San Joaquin County Stormwater, Allied Waste, REI, and all of our dedicated volunteers whom made this event possible!

Alex Breitler, Record

In the fall, the Calaveras River hosted hundreds of Chinook salmon, which swam upstream through Stockton for the first time since 2006.

But the offspring of those fish will be lucky to get out of the river alive.

Virtually dry conditions in Mormon Slough and the Stockton Diverting Canal have left more than 100 salmon “redds,” or nests, without the water that the fertilized eggs need to survive, a biologist says.

One activist blames the sad ending of this success story on the perpetual delay of a plan to improve conditions for Calaveras fish.

“The tragedy of this is that everybody’s celebrating the fact that there’s fish on the river, but we don’t have things set up properly to steer them up where they can spawn,” said Jeremy Terhune, head of the environmental group Friends of the Calaveras River. “It’s the greatest irony of all.”

Click here to read more at Recordnet.org

Alex Breitler, Record

Nearly four out of five Californians do not know what the Delta is, despite the fact that the estuary of 1,000 square miles provides drinking water for cities from San Jose to San Diego.

Asked in a new statewide poll to share what, if anything, they know about the Delta, 585 of the 750 people surveyed in late January said they hadn’t heard about it or didn’t know about it.

That’s 78 percent.

“I have not heard about it,” one respondent said. “If it is the bill about weapons control, it is (expletive). Every person in the world should have the right to keep and bear arms.”

Click here to read more at Recordnet.com


For those that want to see the raw data, click here to see the actual survey (thanks Alex!).