Re:"To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the department has taken this kind of emergency action," said Jordan Traverso, a department spokeswoman.
Is there no one left in our fisheries branch with more than a few years of tenure?
I’ll be the first to agree that fishermen for all of their log keeping are some of the most forgetful sportsmen in the world when it comes to keeping track of the larger issues ( like annual precipitation ) that define their seasonal sporting opportunities. But surely veteran coastal watershed steelheaders know of past ( emergency ) closures put into place due to low water.
I had one of those "bang your head on the table" moments a couple of nights ago.
I live along the Feather River, near the confluence of the Yuba river. We see the impact on a daily basis. This past Sunday night we found ourselves in Reno, Nevada at one of the first performances of Dolly Parton’s 2014 World Tour. ( 68 years young and she’s still a hoot. )
We were seated next to a very nice group of mature adults from San Jose, CA at the concert and during the intermission we struck up a conversation with them. At one point they asked where we lived, worked, played etc. ( the Feather R. at the confluence of the Yuba R., which flow down to met the Lower Sacramento River. ) at which point one of the gals leans forward and asks, “ Are you starting to have a drought up there too? ”
When my seizure subsided, I politely responded yes.
Yes, San Jose residents…..Might they be getting their news from the San Jose Mercury News, the purveyors of this fine article.
From the San Jose Mercury News 1/26/14
“The board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, a government agency based in San Jose that provides drinking water to 1.8 million people, is expected to approve a "preliminary water use reduction target" of 10 percent lower than the county used last year.”
That’s big of them.
At this point, I’m really starting to wonder if the message is getting through to urban / metro water users.