Calaveras fish habitat plan a no-show

Steelhead. Photo by the U.S. Department of Agriculture

At today’s State of Our Rivers Symposium in Stockton, fish biologist Stacy Sherman brought up the long-delayed habitat conservation plan that is supposed to improve conditions for fish migrating up the Calaveras River.

“This started in 2000, I believe, and here it is 2014 and we do not have a habitat conservation plan,” Sherman told the audience.

“Every time I hear an update, it’s like, ‘It’s coming… in the next couple of months,'” she said. “It’s been a very long, drawn-out process… I understand there are a lot of other priorities, but 14 years is a bit excessive.”

Here’s a 2004 story in which federal officials are quoted as saying they hoped the plan would be out in another six months.

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