From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Steve
“It is ironic that Friday’s press conference by Senator (Anthony)
Canella, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, Supervisor (Simon) Salinas, and
some area farmers was held on the bank of the Salinas River at
Hilltown Road (near Highway 68).
From the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff
Switchboard blog, in a post by Doug Obegi:
“As California begins what appears to be a third consecutive
dry year, corporate agribusinesses and politicians in the San
Joaquin Valley have begun calling for the State and federal
government to waive environmental rules governing the Bay-Delta
estuary – the same environmental rules that not only protect
salmon and other wildlife in the largest estuary on the West
Coast of the Americas, but also protect thousands of fishing
jobs and water quality for Delta farmers.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Steve Wiegand:
“Now, you are probably thinking that there are few things
members of Congress and salmon have in common, other than the
obvious, such as similar morals, placement on the evolutionary
scale, or aroma when they have been out of the water a bit too
long. And I would concede that it is not a perfect comparison.
“You’ll know it’s springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains when
wildlife biologists start alerting curious visitors to keep their
distance from the first red-legged frog reintroduction effort
ever attempted in Southern California.”
“You know the story of the salmon: born in the gravel beds of
mountain streams, growing fat and strong in the Pacific Ocean
and finally journeying home to spawn and die in a dramatic
climax. But that’s not the end of it.
“Even in death, these fish aren’t finished — at least, not at
the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery, east of Clements.”
“In recent years, California’s Agassiz’s desert tortoise
population has been decimated by shootings, residential and
commercial development, vehicle traffic, respiratory disease
and predation by ravens, dogs and coyotes.
“Now, dwindling populations of the reptiles with scruffy
carapaces and skin as tough as rhino hide are facing an even
greater threat: longer droughts spurred by climate change in
their Sonoran Desert kingdom of arroyos and burrows, according
to a new U.S.
“Setting 800 catch-and-release kangaroo rat traps with
biologists. Searching for speckled dace in a mountain creek.
Pulling teeth from bear carcasses for testing. Patrolling lakes
to educate fishermen.
“Drought conditions are taking their toll on chinook salmon in
the Sacramento River this year, fisheries experts say.
“Low water releases out of Shasta and Keswick dams, coupled
with less water flowing into the Sacramento River from
tributaries, has eggs in hundreds of salmon nests in the river
‘high and dry,’ killing the eggs and recently hatched baby
From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, in a commentary by Richard
“Looking westward from the Golden Gate out at the Farallon
Islands, we’re often reminded that we are privileged here to
proudly protect our lush ocean waters within one of America’s
flagship national marine sanctuaries.
“Amid this natural beauty, however, a new threat is emerging in
which a multitude of wildlife species on these islands suddenly
face an unforeseen jeopardy — the proposed aerial broadcast of
40 helicopter loads of what’s known as a ’supertoxic’ poison,
in the form of the already-controversia
“In a decision that highlights the clash between two cherished
environmental goals — producing green energy and preserving
protected wildlife — federal officials announced Friday that some
wind power companies will be allowed to kill or injure bald and
golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty.”