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Stockton MUD water savings fall to 11 percent

Add Stockton to the long list of communities where water conservation efforts are waning. Stockton MUD officials have released numbers for August showing 11 percent savings. One month earlier, residents saved 23 percent. In August 2015, during the worst of the drought, the number was 25 percent. And in June of that year it was [...]

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Cowin on tunnels subsidy: ‘I can put that to rest’

9:50 a.m. — Updated to fix typo in Cowin’s quote Mark Cowin, director of the state Department of Water Resources, told water planners in Los Angeles on Monday that the state will not seek a federal subsidy for the Delta tunnels. Cowin’s comments came after tunnels opponents last month released a draft economic analysis of [...]

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Easy does it

This undated photo, which I grabbed from a recent Port of Stockton presentation, shows the view from the bridge of a massive oceangoing ship as it attempts to navigate a hyacinth-choked Deep Water Ship Channel. Would you want to steer that thing in those conditions? The photo goes a long way toward explaining why the [...]

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Would you walk down this street?

This photo begs the question: Would it be wise to create walkable communities before spending money to promote walking? Moments before I snapped this picture of a larger-than-life San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott smiling down from a billboard, I watched as a little girl with a backpack carefully stepped across the mattress and box [...]

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Meet the new neighbors; MWD comes to town

Polite pleasantries were exchanged. A chocolate brownie was offered as a “welcome to the neighborhood” gift. But in the end, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s visit to the belly of the beast — i.e., downtown Stockton, where the Delta Protection Commission met on Thursday night — revealed few new insights about the southland’s [...]

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I’m ready for this — are you?

Snow fell at Sonora Pass today, the first sandhill cranes have arrived in the Delta and the high temperature in Stockton is in the upper 70s. If we haven’t turned the corner after another long summer, we’re darned close.

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The man who spread straw, and hope

Calaveras County farmer and activist Michael Kriletich died a few days ago. I’m hardly the one to write a news obituary about him. I only met Michael once, in fact. But the impression that he left with me — and the fact that I’d exchanged emails with him just a couple of weeks ago — [...]

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Ready, set, flow

San Joaquin County is gearing up for the next big water tussle — new flow requirements on the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, including the Stanislaus. By definition, if more water must stay in the river, then water users must take less. So you can see why this will be a big deal. KQED [...]

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High Sierra helo rescue

Check out this helicopter rescue of a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. The 66-year-old hiker was suffering symptoms of a stroke, but was able to activate a locator beacon indicating that she was in trouble, the Fresno Bee reported. The California Highway Patrol and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office took it from there. I’ve [...]

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‘Still an opportunity’ to save the smelt?

Shortly before state water officials announced today that most urban water providers will no longer be subject to mandatory conservation targets, three environmental groups pleaded with the same panel for emergency flows through the Delta to prevent extinction of the smelt. It’s normal for some smelt to die off this time of year as juveniles [...]

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