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Farmer’s side: Striped bass bill a fair compromise for fishermen and farmers

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Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 10:00 pm

The dirt under Brian Blackwell's Bakersfield pistachio trees is dry. Light in color and thirsty, the soil doesn't get all the water it needs.

In fact, it only gets a third of what is needed to grow a full, mature crop of pistachios, according to Blackwell, the owner of Blackwell Farming Company who is also a farm manager responsible for about 6,000 acres of crops in Southern California.

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3 comments:

  • posted at 3:21 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    I agree with Cogito. Why else would that venerable eatery in Rio Vista be called the "Striper" with a big old faded stripped bass above the door? Stripped Bass have been thriving in the Delta for WELL over 100 years...you may as well call them a native specie at this point. ...Kinda like the people of European descent who now live in North America, eh?

     
  • posted at 3:02 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    I say send SoCal as much of the Delta's fresh water as possible rather than just let it run to the ocean...BUT WAIT: AS LONG AS- (a) ALL such exported water first flows through the "natural" delta where it can do its flushing and diluting of all of the CRUD and CHEMICALs that civilizationis dumping in it, and (b)that the volume of this exported water shall not exceed levels required to support a healthy ecology in the delta and will be reduced to appropriate levels when monitoring indicates negative impacts. This Fuller bill is unmasked as yet another thinly-veiled SoCal Delta water grab. Now keep your eyes peeled for the next one- the NeoPeripheral Canal...that proposed 300' WIDE (yes, as wide as a football field is long!)concrete ditch that will divert most of the Sacramento river above Walnut Grove, carry it around and past the Delta and directly into th California Aquaduct pumping station for dispatch to SoCal. The Delta will then become like the salt evaporation ponds in the south Bay. "

     
  • posted at 2:03 am on Thu, Apr 23, 2009.

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    The problem here is that the Stripers and Salmon have coexisted in the delta for generations. Healthy populations of Salmon swam in the river only a decade ago. When I was a kid the delta was teeming with Stripers, and we had a healthy Salmon population. Now, the Stripers exist in a low single digit of their former glory, and farmers say they're killing off the Salmon? I say no way. The loss of water flows coupled with poisons in farmland runoff are killing off the deltas fish population. The farmers are only trying to delegate blame away from the true culprit.

     

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