Tag Archives: California Fish & WIldlife

The Dark Heart of California Water Politics

The ECOreport reposts another story of corporate interests, The Dark Heart of California Water Politics

Originally posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

When I was at the March for Science in Sacramento a month ago, a friend asked to get me on video and talk about what is the crux of water issues in California, what is the overriding, central issue behind the different water battles. That’s one that includes the Delta Tunnels, the failure of the state and federal agencies to address environmentalists’ concerns with the safety of the Oroville Dam and spillways, the salmon and other fish collapses and the pollution of our drinking water by agribusiness, municipal and oil waste.

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Ventura Spill Didn’t Reach The Ocean

The ECOreport reposts news from Southern California,the Ventura Spill didn’t reach the ocean

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response has confirmed that no oiled wildlife have been observed or reported — and no oil has reached the ocean or other water from the June 23 pipeline spill in Hall Canyon, Ventura.

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Long History Behind Ventura Oil Spill

The ECOreport reposts a peek into the politics and long history behind Ventura Oil spill 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Just thirteen months after the massive Refugio Oil Spill fouled the pristine waters off the Santa Barbara Coast, a leak in an oil pipeline in Hall Canyon in Ventura County was reported at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 23. As many as 700 barrels of crude oil — 29,400 gallons – have been spilled, according to the latest reports.

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California’s first Modern Wolf Pack

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Pictures of a large, dark-colored, “canid” were taken in May. In June, biologists encountered wolf tracks, but confirmation of California’s first Modern Wolf Pack did not come until earlier this month.

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Ban Bobcat Trapping in California

A petition from Project Coyote to ban Bobcat trapping in California

Screen-shot-2014-01-08-at-2.36.48-AM-2We have a unique opportunity to ban bobcat trapping in California but time is of the essence ~ We need YOUR help to make this happen!

Background: In 2013 California Governor Jerry Brown passed the Bobcat Protection Act which requires the California Fish and Game Commission to amend its regulations to prohibit trapping bobcats “within, and adjacent to, the boundaries of a national or state park, monument or preserve, national wildlife refuge, and any other public or private conservation area identified by the commission for protection.” The original bill would have banned bobcat trapping statewide but because of pressure from the trapping lobby, the bill was weakened.

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Californian Fish Hatcheries Forced To Move

For the second year in a row, Folsom Lake’s cold water pool is drained by water releases that result in Californian fish hatcheries forced to move elsewhere

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced on June 25 that it is moving fish out of the American River and Nimbus hatcheries for the second year in a row as Folsom Lake’s cold water pool is rapidly drained by increased Bureau of Reclamation releases into the American below Nimbus Dam.

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Commission approves fishing closure on Sacramento River

Applies to all fishing for 5.5 miles of  Sacramento River

Originally Published in the Fishsniffer & Daily KOS 

by Dan Bacher

The California Fish and Game Commission on April 17 unanimously approved a controversial emergency regulation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to close 5.5 miles of spawning habitat in the Sacramento River above the city of Redding to protect winter-run Chinook salmon from around April 27 to July 31.
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Water exports are driving Delta smelt and salmon to extinction

Originally Published on Calitics and the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The endangered Delta smelt, once the most abundant fish in the entire Bay Delta Estuary, may already be extinct, according to UC Davis fish biologist and author Peter Moyle, as quoted on Capital Public Radio.

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Californians Cautiously Optimistic About 2015 Ocean Salmon Season

by Dan Bacher

State and federal fishery scientists speaking at the annual salmon informational meeting held in Santa Rosa on Thursday, February 26, shared encouraging news for sport and commercial anglers for the upcoming 2015 ocean salmon season, in spite of the continuing drought in California.

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Delta Smelt Reaches New Record Low In Fall Survey

The ECOreport reposts the story of  an indicator species that demonstrates the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta,  Delta Smelt reaches new record low in Fall survey

Originally Published in the Daily KOS, Fishsniffer & Indybay.com

By Dan Bacher

The Delta smelt, an indicator species that demonstrates the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, reached a new record low population level in 2014, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s fall midwater travel trawl survey that was released on Friday, January 9.
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