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‘Above normal’: It sounds so… exemplary

Here’s something to give thanks for tomorrow. Tuesday’s quarter-inch of rain in Stockton ensures that November will be the city’s first month with above-average rainfall this year. Stockton now has 1.91 inches of rain for the month. Normal is 1.71 inches. Not exactly a drought-buster, but still, we’ll take it. Here’s a breakdown of how [...]

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Courting the Valley vote

It’s hard to imagine a sharper contrast in political ideologies than Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and conservative San Joaquin Valley farmers, but as the Sac Bee’s David Siders tells us,  they’re talking water. It’s a great read.

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Activist 2.0

Stockton artist and environmental activist Ryan Camero plans to represent the Delta region at the U.N. climate talks in Paris later this month. Meet Ryan:

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‘All I do is supply a demand’

Bill Jennings says the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s potential purchase of 20,000 acres of Delta farmland “is like having Al Capone move into your neighborhood.” I asked Jeffrey Kightlinger, the Met’s general manager, what he thought about that statement. “I don’t think we’ve gunned anyone down recently,” he quipped. For what it’s worth, [...]

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Butte Fire erosion fears: How you can help

Millions of people either live in the two watersheds burned by the Butte Fire, or receive water pumped from those watersheds. So, the work that about a dozen ash-coated volunteers were doing Friday atop a 2,700-foot hill scorched by the huge blaze will benefit far more than the Calaveras County residents who live in the [...]

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Tunnels comments, part deux

(Updated Nov. 20) Last year I posted some of the public comments that were generated from the first draft of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan. Here we go again. So, I’m going to link to as many of the California Water Fix comments here as I can. Thanks to all who helped me compile [...]

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The ironic story of Alexander Vogelsang

Unless you’re in your 90s, you’ve never been to the Calaveras County town of Petersburg. It was dunked underwater when they built the original Hogan Dam east of Stockton in 1924. Piecing together a story about unusually low reservoir levels a couple weeks ago, I stumbled on a tidbit that helps put Petersburg back on [...]

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No surprise here: Supes to oppose twin tunnels

San Joaquin County supervisors are poised Tuesday to oppose the latest version of the twin tunnels plan, with a draft staff report referring to the tunnels as “a triumph of project advocacy over sound science.” There can be little doubt how the supervisors will vote. San Joaquin County has a long track record of opposing [...]

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Where are those Delta Narratives?

A link to the Delta Narratives project was cut from a story we ran earlier this week, and I’ve gotten calls from folks who want to read the actual report and accompanying essays. So… here you go. Let me know if you learn something you didn’t know before. I did: • Settlers first named the [...]

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City needs outside help for Delta pumping plant

The city of Stockton has agreed to pay an employee of the California Water Service Co. to run the city’s $220 million Delta drinking water plant. The previous operator recently resigned, according to a staff report. The Cal Water employee is a temporary replacement until the city can find its own operator. An operator is [...]

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