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Alex Breitler

A native of Benicia, he lives in Stockton with his wife, Ann, who forces him to go backpacking in the Sierra Nevada or Trinity Alps at every opportunity. He has been writing mostly about natural resources since 2003, first in Redding and now in Stockton. He has given up on ever finding a giant garter snake, San Joaquin County’s gnarliest-sounding endangered species.

Water and the economy, neck-and-neck

Some water highlights from the Public Policy Institute of California’s latest poll, released tonight: –So much for “It’s the economy, stupid!” Water and the state’s economy are just about equally important in the eyes of the public, with 30 percent identifying the economy as the most important issue facing California and 28 percent identifying water [...]

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Bill Wells: Hyacinth a ‘disaster,’ possible national security threat

Bill Wells, head of the California Delta Chamber & Visitors Bureau, wrote a letter today to California Resources Secretary John Laird about the worsening water hyacinth situation. Full text below. Dear Secretary Laird, The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become a disaster.  The navigable part of the Calaveras River is completely filled [...]

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‘Almost somewhere’

Correction: Thursday’s presentation starts at 6:30 p.m., per REI’s website. I’ve updated this post as well. If you’ve ever hiked one inch of the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney — or if you’ve dreamed of hiking the whole thing — I highly recommend attending a talk Thursday night at Stockton REI. Suzanne [...]

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That’s California water for ya

San Joaquin County supervisors on Tuesday will declare this to be “California Flood Preparedness Week” and then, several agenda items later, will discuss the ongoing drought. Reminds me of this recent story by my colleague Roger Phillips. At a meeting in September, the Stockton City Council approved almost $50,000 to repair rainwater damage at City Hall; [...]

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Could desal solve our problems after all?

Every month or so someone sends me his or her “solution” to California’s water problems. Those quotation marks aren’t meant to sound snide. These folks are all a heck of a lot smarter than I am. Or at least, more determined. You’d have to be, to spend your spare time trying to figure this mess [...]

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Incoming invasive

Took a quick tour of hyacinth hot spots on the west side of town on Monday — here’s how it’s looking out there. In downtown Stockton, the marina is still mostly open, though some slips were choked with hyacinth on Monday: The Morelli boat launch just to the west is in somewhat worse shape: Moving [...]

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Why are we preserving stripers?

Longtime Lodi resident and recent Stockton transplant Joshua Hutchison cast a few lines my way about yesterday’s game warden story (see previous post). Hutchison asks whether striped bass populations really should be preserved by these wardens, given the fact that stripers eat endangered fish. This is a topic we’ve covered a number of times; I [...]

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‘The thin green line’

Enjoyed a ride-along last week with state Fish and Wildlife warden Perry Schultz, one of five wardens charged with protecting San Joaquin County’s natural resources. Here’s the story, and here’s a bit of video we shot out in the field.

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Stagg student tackles twin tunnels

Stagg High journalist Devin Wickstrom has finished a multimedia project on the twin tunnels. It’s tough to relate this issue to the general public — not to mention Stagg’s student body — but Wickstrom found some diverse voices for his piece, including a couple that you might not have heard before. Check it out.  

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‘Cash-for-grass’ pilot program in Stockton?

Tonight’s General Plan workshop didn’t produce a ton of news, though an official with the city’s Municipal Utilities Department did say the city is investigating a “cash for grass” program in which homeowners are compensated for removing water-guzzling turf from their yards. Tony Tovar didn’t sound too optimistic about the idea, which has proven effective [...]

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