March 2012

Matt Weiser,  Sac Bee

A comprehensive new study on the Delta’s environmental problems concludes there is no easy fix, only hard choices, if California wants to restore fish species and still satisfy its water demands.

The study by the National Research Council,released Thursday, was conducted at the request of members of Congress and the Obama administration. The 17 participating scientists, from various disciplines and regions of the country, took two years to complete the report.

Those experts say Californians must accept “scarcity” as a new watchword for its statewidewater supplies. That doesn’t mean doing without, but recognizing everyone can’t always have all the water they want.

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One of the latest ideas FLCR Coordinator Jeremy Terhune is exploring  with the community is the concept of  forming  a Calaveras River Parkway Trust.

The Calaveras River watershed begins at California Big Trees State Park. The upper reaches are mostly on private land; the river is dramatically altered as it passes Bellota Wei and Stockton and eventually reaches the San Joaquin River.The Calaveras River may look like nothing more than an irrigation ditch as it passes through underserved neighborhoods in Stockton, but it is a vitally important waterway for farmers, residential and recreational users and wildlife.

From Calaveras County to San Joaquin County, the Calaveras River there are myriad opportunities to enhance native riparian vegetation and provide public access  to educate community members of all ages about the Calaveras River and the natural values of the historic riparian corridor.

University of the Pacific, Friends of the Calaveras River, and River Partners have received $40,000 in funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to kick-start restoration efforts with a 3 acre native grass restoration Project along the banks of the Calaveras in the heart of the City of Stockton.

Developing a series of parkway from Stockton to Big Trees will provide a much needed opportunity for families and youth to get outdoors, improve their health, and learn about the River!

A Vision for the Calaveras River Parkway Trust

To engage a wide network of public, private, and  partners to develop safe places along Calaveras River Watershed where wildlife thrives and    families and individuals can relax, recreate, and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Creek Watch is an iPhone application that enables you to help monitor the health of your local watershed. Whenever you pass by a waterway, spend a few seconds using the Creek Watch application to snap a picture and report how much water and trash you see. We aggregate the data and share it with water control boards to help them track pollution and manage water resources. You can use the map on the left to explore the data that people have contributed, or see recent contributions as a table.

The Creek Watch App uses four pieces of data:

  1. The amount of water: empty, some, or full.
  2. The rate of flow: still, moving slowly, or moving fast.
  3. The amount of trash: none, some (a few pieces), or a lot (10 or more pieces).
  4. A picture of the waterway.

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Alex Breitler, Record

Even an extra day of February – and a rainy one, at that – could not salvage another dismally dry month in Stockton and the rest of California.

Stockton remains in danger of having its driest winter since 1975-76, depending on what March and April have to offer.

“It ain’t over yet,” said walnut farmer Tom McGurk, whose orchards may not have the soil moisture they need this summer if Mother Nature does not deliver.

In 20 years of farming east of Linden, the least amount of rain McGurk ever got was 10 inches. The most was 21 inches.

Right now he is at 4.5 inches, with time running out.

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