May 2013

We’re nearly halfway through the year which means we’re almost halfway through 2013’s Riverwalk schedule!

These last three months have seen warming weather and more chances to get outside which is exactly what interested community members have been doing when they join FLCR one Saturday each month to learn more about the river that flows right through their city.

In March we teamed up with the San Joaquin Bicycle Coalition ( for a leisurely ride along the Calaveras River Bike Trail (yes, Stockton has a bike trail). It was a beautiful early spring morning and lots of great ideas and conversations were generated, a necessary result of teaming up with other environmentally-minded locals.


April provided another great opportunity to connect with other natural world enthusiasts. Thanks to the Waldo Holt Conservancy, professional Birder David Yee met with members of the public just east of Linden for a special bird walk along the Lower Calaveras River.


This was a special Saturday because it allowed attendees to glimpse a view of what the Calaveras River most closely resembled in its original state and also provided the chance to see some flora and fauna not widely seen within the City of Stockton.

ImageMay proved to be another, albeit warm, informative walk opportunity. Fish and Wildlife Anadramous Fish Restoration Director Donnie Ratcliffe took time out of his birthday to discuss two man-made barriers (out of over 100  obstructing fish passage below the Escalon Bellota Weird) along the Lower Calaveras.

The Calaveras River is home to populations of fall-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead that have a difficult, if not impossible time, making it back up the river to spawn.


Please come out to our next walk, slated for Saturday, June 15. Check back for more details!



One of the most vocal critics of the Smith Canal flood gate project says he’s now willing to support it, following yet another community meeting last night at the Amblers Club.

Bill Maxwell writes:

“Yes, I will hold my nose and vote in favor of the Smith Canal Assessment.  Even though I know this multi-million dollar boondoggle’s sole purpose is to appease FEMA and keep thousands of homeowner’s from being forced to line FEMA’s pockets with insurance money…”

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