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2008-07-23 03:00:35

I can't prove it, but I'd be willing to bet that the delta formed by the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is not exactly top of mind for most Californians, if they know about it at all. The marshy triangle south of Sacramento is home to relatively few people. And while thousands drive past it every day on Interstate 5, and houseboaters and fishermen ply its waters on weekends, the delta and its bleak future have made a better topic for policy geeks than dinner table...

2008-07-22 12:00:41

By Alex Breitler, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 22--SACRAMENTO -- An ever-thirstier San Joaquin County has been told for more than half a century to take a drink from the American River, where the federal government planned a new dam to capture and store snowmelt. But the Auburn Dam, the long-awaited source of surface water that our area needed, never happened. Now the state, in a final blow, may kill the federal government's rights to take any more water from the river. That...

2008-07-21 21:00:24

FRESNO, Calif. _ A congressional subcommittee meeting in Fresno, Calif., on Monday heard dire predictions of what another year of drought could bring, along with a continuing litany of what the crisis has already spawned _ rising crime, joblessness that may be as high as 50 percent in Mendota, Calif., and record-high school expulsions. The meeting drew about 250 people to the Fresno City Council chambers. Tom Birmingham, Westlands Irrigation District general manager, said if the drought...

2008-07-19 21:00:18

A federal judge has ruled that California's struggling salmon population has been harmed by water diversions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno, Calif., stops short of halting water diversions, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The ruling is the latest court decision ordering state and federal authorities to overhaul a water system that courts have said ignores fisheries and the environment. Wanger's 118-page...

2008-07-03 18:00:17

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 3--Salmon fishing closures on Central Valley rivers took effect today to protect what's left of the fall-run chinook population. No chinook may be kept anywhere on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers or any of their tributaries, including the American and Feather rivers. The only exception is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 on the Sacramento River between the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and Knights Landing. Anglers may possess only one salmon at a...

2007-02-19 12:00:23

By Russell Clemings, The Fresno Bee, Calif. Feb. 19--Major development projects in Madera County's Rio Mesa area are nearing milestones with the county Board of Supervisors expected to cast votes on the fates of several within the next year. The surge of activity comes 12 years after the county first approved conceptual plans for the area, where some 28,000 homes and 100,000 new residents ultimately are expected to line the northern bank of the San Joaquin River. Madera County...

2005-10-21 08:16:04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Saving the endangered delta smelt, a tiny fish considered a key indicator of the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, could cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a report being released Thursday. The price tag includes projects that also could aid other troubled species and the overall ecology of the delta, which provides drinking water to more than 70 percent of Californians. This summer, scientists said the delta smelt population had fallen...

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2005-09-18 11:25:29

ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS, Calif. -- It begins as fresh snowmelt, streaming from Mount Ritter's gray granite faces into Thousand Island Lake, a bouldered mirror. The clear blue water spills out through a narrow canyon, and the San Joaquin River is born. When conservationist and mountaineer John Muir first explored these upper reaches, the narrow gorge barely contained the power of the living river, which carried the continent's southernmost salmon run, sustained Indian tribes and set the rhythm...

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2005-08-15 07:57:09

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The federal government has cut back the critical habitat for 19 species of threatened and endangered Pacific salmon, arguing that an earlier designation demanded by environmentalists was poorly executed and that voluntary habitat improvements will work better. The move announced Friday reduces the miles of protected river in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California by 80 percent - from 167,700 miles to 33,300. In those areas, activities such as logging, construction and...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.