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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.

Fish kill confirmed

It’s hardly news anymore, but Record photographer Craig Sanders has confirmed reports of a fish kill at the head of Smith Canal, at American Legion Park’s Yosemite Lake. On Saturday Craig found perhaps several hundred shad floating dead in the water, on the north side of the lake near the pipe that pumps much of [...]

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Delta commission silent on water bond

The Delta Protection Commission decided last week to stay neutral on the upcoming $7.5 billion water bond, a spokeswoman told me. The decision was reached after a lengthy discussion at the commission’s meeting in Discovery Bay. The commission’s neutrality on the bond is not surprising. While a majority of members most often agree on policy [...]

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What’s on tap — weekend of Sept. 27-28 and beyond

Saturday, Sept. 27: Free admission at Yosemite National Park and other federal parks, including New Hogan and New Melones lakes east of Stockton, and the parks on the Stanislaus River. This is in honor of National Public Lands Day. More details here. Saturday, Sept. 27: Organic produce stand open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at [...]

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Another story behind the skull

Turns out last weekend’s discovery of a fake skull along the River of Skulls wasn’t such a surprise. Calaveras River advocate Jim Marsh tells me he first discovered the skull last June beneath the Pacific Avenue bridge. Marsh named the skull “Cal.” “When I first stumbled across it I was a wee bit fearful thinking it [...]

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The ‘first flush’ is on

At the risk of becoming one of Spiro Agnew’s nattering nabobs of negativism, I wonder what impact runoff from this morning’s rain will have on our creeks and streams, and the living things therein. I know. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. But check out the oil pouring down the drain in Craig’s [...]

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Backpackers beware

We shot this video last Tuesday at Billy-be-Damned Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, west of Redding. Bottom line: Above 5,000 feet, creeks and streams are not reliable late in this drought year. Even some natural lakes are declining significantly. If you’re planning a late-season backpacking trip, be very careful about the route you choose, [...]

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Water: We want it all

The recent L.A. Times poll about water and the drought suggests the public is unwilling to make the tough choices that accompany times of shortage. While likely voters were supportive of voluntary water conservation efforts (77 percent), they were considerably less enthusiastic about mandatory conservation (49 percent) and the possibility of increasing water rates (42 [...]

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Ode to odor

Social media poet Kevin Hicks shares his latest work, inspired by that gooey, gummy mess at the downtown waterfront: “The algae in Stockton’s marina The most rancid smell you could ever know Reminds me of crissing S#&$ River While at port in Olongapo Is this what the tunnels will do By staunching the Delta water [...]

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Pigs, at sunset

This blog will be silent until Sept. 22, while I do a little adventuring. In the meantime, for an adventure of your own, check out “Evening Flight With Piggies,” by Adam Farrow. It’s a side of the Delta that most people never see.

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McNerney ‘supportive’ of water bond

U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, told me Thursday that he is “supportive” of the new $7.5 billion water bond. “It looks like it’s a good proposal. It’s got the right ingredients in it to help,” McNerney said. McNerney’s opponent in the November election, Republican Tony Amador, told my colleague Zack Johnson that he’s against the [...]

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