October 2012

By: Alex Breitler, Record

STOCKTON – City leaders reported progress Tuesday resolving a dispute with a new state agency that they fear will disrupt Stockton’s ability to grow as it sees fit.

The Delta Stewardship Council is tasked with writing a long-term plan governing the river estuary through the year 2100. While not yet final, the draft plan gives the council some authority over projects that could be proposed by a city or county – another layer of bureaucratic red tape, in critics’ view.

City leaders have feared the new oversight would apply to development projects already approved within Stockton’s sphere of influence and could jeopardize developers’ ability to finance those projects.


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Hopefully you made it out to the recent second annual Stockton Steelhead Festival! If not – as always – please live the virtual experience here, find out what you missed and contain your anticipation for next year’s tribute to this very special trout.

This year’s event took place Sunday, Oct. 7 – a more fitting date, seasonally speaking, as early fall is typically when many Steelhead Trout make their way upstream through the Calaveras River.
New this year was an early morning fun run through Stockton’s University of the Pacific campus and along the Calaveras River. The weather was accommodating and the race’s top three finishers received gift cards, cash prizes and their very own hand-decorated steelhead replicas.

The top three finishers of the 2012 Steelhead Fun Run take a well deserved break as they pose with their winnings.

The rest of the day’s festivities kicked off at 11 a.m. in University of the Pacific’s expansive DeRosa Center. Various organizations came out to support the popular steelhead and promote awareness of many environmental issues relevant to life in the Central Valley – REI, New Hogan Army Corps, representatives from the Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival, California Native Plant Society, Fish and Wildlife Service, Restore Hetch Hetchy and Delta Fly Fishers among some.

Members of the Teen Impact Center decorate a pathway on the UOP campus with a large trout.

New to the 2012 Festival was an environmental art show featuring works by local artists and students. Guests could browse projects completed by Kohl students and chat with available artists.

2012 Steelhead Festival art show, pieces by Kohl students.

Another additional attraction was an environmental film festival, free to all attendees. Restore the Delta’s new documentary “Over Troubled Waters” was a centerpiece showing for the film show as well as the debuting of a teaser for a future Calaveras River documentary, currently being developed by Frankenmuffin Productions.

Decidedly the largest of the day’s activities and attractions was the centrally located arts and crafts tables. Empty chairs were a rare sight throughout the entire event as young and old alike took a seat to decorate and wear a popular steelhead hat. Kids could be seen bobbing throughout the crowd with brightly-colored fish adorning their heads.

A fish tank housing live steelhead provided guests with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the day’s guests of honor and understand that preserving a river is more than ensuring citizens have something aesthetically pleasing to view. The act of preservation ensures that those without a voice – be it steelhead trout, cranes, egrets or the river itself – have their needs advocated for.

See you next year!

As sport-fishing enthusiasts travel far and wide for their chance to catch the Chinook salmon returning to our North Coast and Central Valley rivers – this increases the risk of accidentally aiding the spread of aquatic hitchhikers. Transported from one body of water to another on fishing gear (such as waders) or boating equipment, invasive species can quickly become established and have profound effects on native animal and plant communities.

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When San Francisco voters head to the polls in a few weeks, they’ll be weighing in on one of California’s oldest environmental battles. A large part of San Francisco’s water supply is stored inside a national park – in a reservoir built in Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Environmentalists all the way back to John Muir have called on the city to store its water elsewhere so the valley can be restored. A November ballot measure would require the city to develop a plan to do that. But the battle over Hetch Hetchy is just as fierce today as it was a century ago.

It’s evident when you drive up to the entrance booth in Yosemite National Park on your way to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The ranger hands you a brochure from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission that reads: “20th century engineering marvel. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is the keystone of this clean, efficient water and power delivery system.”


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