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2008-12-15 20:57:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Public water agencies throughout Northern, Central and Southern California now face major supply cutbacks in the latest federal regulatory blow to their ability to deliver water to customers. The restrictions point sharply to the need for a more comprehensive and sensible approach to managing the state's water supply and fish habitat concerns. The cutbacks, effective immediately, were outlined today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...

2008-12-12 14:33:00

California Economy and Water Supply Reliability Hit Hard BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study released today underscores the severity of the statewide economic and water supply implications of ongoing water pumping restrictions imposed by federal courts in California to protect the Delta smelt. According to the study, statewide economic impacts can exceed $1 billion per year during drought years such as those currently facing the state and may well exceed $3 billion...

2008-12-09 13:12:00

New Regulations Violate California Endangered Species Act, Threaten Water Supply SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Water Contractors, a statewide organization of 27 public water agencies, filed a lawsuit today against the California Fish & Game Commission and the California Department of Fish & Game challenging the Commission's recent decision to potentially impose substantial cuts in State Water Project (SWP) water deliveries to much of the San Francisco Bay Area,...

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2008-12-09 10:04:53

Striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary are contaminated before birth with a toxic mix of pesticides, industrial chemicals and flame retardants that their mothers acquire from estuary waters and food sources and pass on to their eggs, say UC Davis researchers. Using new analytical techniques, the researchers found that offspring of estuary fish had underdeveloped brains, inadequate energy supplies and dysfunctional livers. They grew slower and were smaller than offspring of hatchery fish...

2008-10-30 18:00:16

The head of California's Metropolitan Water District says the state's planned water allocation raises the "very real" possibility of shortages next year. "We are preparing for the very real possibility of water shortages and rationing throughout the region in 2009," MWD General Manager Jeff Kightlinger said in a written statement Thursday. The Los Angeles-based MWD acts as a wholesaler to water districts in Southern California, which rely heavily on water imported from the northern half of...

2008-09-02 21:00:11

California voters are often under the impression that once they OK a bond issue, that's it. Construction on whatever the bond is to build will start forthwith. Well, it's not necessarily so. In fact, it's not usually so. There are times, plenty of them, when the money sits around for years - sometimes a decade or more - before anyone decides how to spend it. Meanwhile, of course, the cost of anything to be built goes up as interest payments on the bond money go out. Which brings us to...

2008-09-02 18:00:13

By East County Times Antioch MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING DAUGHTER: Antioch police are searching for a Filipino man after his daughter accused him of sexually assaulting her in the family home since 1994. The 22-year-old woman told police on Tuesday that her father, 41- year-old Ismael Monasterio Parazo, routinely raped and molested her while Parazo's youngest daughter, now 10, lay on the bed next to him, officials said. The names of the victims, as is common practice, have not been...

2008-08-28 18:00:30

By BRIAN GEHRING By BRIAN GEHRING Scott Hobbs remembers when there were boats lined up on both sides of Highway 200 in Pick City and his gas lanes were full. And that was before he turned the key to open his bait and tackle shop in the morning. That was more than a few years ago, when salmon fishing on Lake Sakakawea was in its heyday. But with nearly a decade of drought and dwindling water levels, the salmon fishery has suffered as much as the parched plains of the prairie. But...

2008-08-23 21:00:13

ALMOST 20 years ago, the usually verdant Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate, suffered through a drought so severe that a ban on all new construction was considered, along with strict water rationing. Things were worst there, but the rest of the state also had serious problems, as many cities passed laws against daytime lawn watering and "drought police" made rounds to enforce those regulations along with rules against watering down walkways, sidewalks and driveways. Several wet...

2008-08-01 00:05:00

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 31--The state and federal owners of massive water export pumps in the Delta have asked a judge to grant them additional time to prepare a new operating plan to protect threatened fish. The state Department of Water Resources and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation face a Sept. 15 court deadline to deliver a new biological opinion on their operations to protect the Delta smelt. The document, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...


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2009-01-15 18:19:02

The Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) also known as Hooligan, Ooligan, or Candlefish, is a small fish found in marine waters along thePacific coast of North America from northern California to Alaska. Most of their adult life is spent in the ocean, but they do return to their natal freshwater streams and rivers to spawn and die. Its common names can be quite confusing. The name "Candlefish" derives from the fact that when they spawn, their body weight is 15% fat and when the fish is...

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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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