Abundant, Large Striped Bass Earn Delta Award for Top Fishing Destination

California’s Delta has been rated in the top 10 of the best black bass fishing lakes in the United States by Bassmaster Magazine, putting a spotlight squarely on a truly amazing fishery that sits right at Stockton’s doorstep. James Hall, editor of the magazine based in Birmingham, Ala., said the final list of lakes was based on data from state wildlife...

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Governor Brown Issues Executive Order to Streamline Approvals for Water Transfers to Protect California’s Farms

SACRAMENTO – With near record-low precipitation in California this year, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an Executive Order to streamline approvals for voluntary water transfers to assist California’s agricultural industry. “Agriculture is vital to the health of California’s economy, and this order ensures we’re doing what’s necessary to cope with a very dry...

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Farm water cutbacks: Small cities face return of food lines

FRESNO — With severe irrigation water cutbacks this year, food lines again will form with unemployed workers and their families on the San Joaquin Valley’s west side, local leaders said Monday. Two congressmen and farmworkers joined them in a downtown Fresno news conference to tell the public that the cutbacks will cost thousands of jobs and billions of...

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Should state dedicate more flows for salmon? No, plan could hurt San Joaquin Valley farms

California’s 32nd governor is often remembered as the man who built things. Pat Brown’s contributions included freeways, universities and a vast State Water Project that now provides water for 25 million Californians. Half a century later, his son is hoping to make his own lasting contribution to our water system with the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, or BDCP....

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Who Really Determines California’s Water Flow

This year, all eyes are on Governor Jerry Brown’s $23 billion water plan – what he’s calling a solution to California’s long-standing battles in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Two massive, 35-mile water tunnels would ensure the water supply for 25 million Californians. More than 100,000 acres of habitat restoration would bring back imperiled fish. At the same time, a...

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River debate swiftly flowing

There’s a reason the San Joaquin River has been labeled one of the hardest-working streams in the country. Most of its flow is diverted to cities and farms before it ever reaches Stockton. State officials are poised to address that for the first time in almost two decades, but their proposal to increase flows from less than 30 percent to 35 percent is under attack...

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