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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.

Well, hello there

In honor of the traditional end-of-summer Labor Day weekend, I post this video Jim Marsh shot of a pine marten he spotted in the Sierra last year. I’ve been backpacking in the Sierras for years and I’ve never seen a marten. “This one was more surprised than I at our close encounter,” Marsh wrote. “I’d [...]

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EPA criticizes twin tunnels plan

The Environmental Protection Agency says Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels “would not protect beneficial uses for aquatic life, thereby violating the Clean Water Act.” Read the agency’s formal comments here.

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Elliott: ‘Really skeptical’ on water bond

Outgoing San Joaquin County supervisors Larry Ruhstaller and Ken Vogel may be willing to cautiously endorse the new $7.5 billion water bond, but at least one other supervisor isn’t so sure. Bob Elliott — whose tenure on the board will continue at least through 2016 — told me today that he’s “really skeptical” and has [...]

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Full report by Fritz Grupe and others

We ran a story today about Fritz Grupe, Sunne Wright McPeak and Pete Weber convening a group to tackle California water issues. It’s called the California Water Fix Coalition and here’s a link to the group’s website. Look under “Documents” for the full report.

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Chill out: It’s not that much water

Some of my friends are grousing about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, given California’s extreme drought. Look, I’m the biggest water cop on my block. I stalk the streets at night, taking photos of errant sprinklers and gushing gutters, posting them on Twitter. (Kind of creepy, I realize.) But the Ice Bucket Challenge, in the [...]

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Planet of the Snakes?

Allow me, on behalf of the community at large and ophidiophobics everywhere, to thank San Joaquin Delta College police officer and  PIO Jim Bock for dealing with this little problem at Delta’s new math and science building last week. It seems this 6-foot-long Colombian red-tail boa constrictor managed to pop the screen cover off of [...]

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Why Wolk says bond is ‘tunnel-neutral’

Here’s a quick two-pager from Sen. Lois Wolk’s office explaining, in her eyes, why the new $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot is neutral on the tunnels.

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Chloramine conversion delayed

Stockton’s conversion to a new chemical to treat city drinking water has been delayed until November due to permitting issues, officials said this week. The conversion to chloramine was originally supposed to happen in early June. Some residents have expressed concern about putting a new chemical in the water, despite the fact that chloramine is [...]

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Bond battle begins

Opponents to the new $7.5 billion water bond have filed their formal opposition with the state. Read it here. Signatories are Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, one of only two state legislators to vote against the bond last week, as well as Restore the Delta’s Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla and Food and Water Watch’s Conner Everts. While there are [...]

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Tit for tat

While the state and federal governments and water exporters question the legality of agricultural diversions within the Delta, Stockton environmentalist Bill Jennings is now questioning the legality of diversions by the state and federal governments and water exporters. Jennings filed a complaint last week arguing that most of the water pumped south from the Delta [...]

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