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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.

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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What’s on tap — weekend of Aug. 16-17 and beyond

Who says summer’s over? Still plenty to do around here. Saturday, Aug. 16: Solar power informational meeting hosted by the Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton. The diocese has entered into a partnership with Oakland-based solar provider Sungevity to make it easier for parishioners and the general public to switch to solar power. Those who sign [...]

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Tunnels talk

UPDATED 8/13/14 — added Friends of Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and Local Agencies of the North Delta Because there’s never enough to read on this subject, thought I’d post some of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan comments that came in prior to last week’s deadline, particularly those relevant to San Joaquin County and the Delta (mixing [...]

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Speed addict

A Seattle man hiked the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes, according to this report by Northwest Public Radio. Yes, that’s a record. Before I start whining, it should be noted that Joe McConaughy dedicated this journey to his cousin, Colin, who died from a rare form of cancer [...]

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‘Now we just need water’

In reaction to a recent story about the potential to improve Calaveras River steelhead populations, fisherman Roger Johnson writes: “I can vouch for there still being steelhead in the Calaveras river. I’ve caught and released many fish well over 20 inches. Some as big as 26 inches… “Fishing the river above the Bellota weir is tricky due to [...]

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