“Folsom Lake’s historically low water level has exposed remnants of the Gold Rush mining town of Mormon Island, the last to be razed in anticipation of the flooding of the American River Canyon upon completion of Folsom Dam. The town was buried by water in 1955.”
“Over the objections of critics, Los Angeles is moving ahead with plans to build a $680-million 200-megawatt solar energy plant within view of this desolate Eastern Sierra site that was a Japanese American internment camp during World War II.”
From the California WaterBlog by UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, in a post by Peter Moyle:
“The Endangered Species Act turns 40 this week, and I have been closely involved with the law for as many years as fish biologist at UC Davis.
“I arrived on campus in 1972 with the goal of developing a research program on the ecology of California’s highly endemic, but poorly known fish fauna. For better or worse, I found myself involved in endangered species issues from the start.
“There’s a new ‘old’ tower at the Piedras Blancas Light Station north of Cambria. Like the taller, older lighthouse, the 50-foot-tall replica water tower will continue the lighthouse tradition of providing safety communications, just as the 74-foot lighthouse tower itself has helped guide mariners since 1875.
“The idea of letting a handful of rural northern counties break away to form their own state of Jefferson is a nonstarter among most Californians, but a full quarter of the state thinks the plan sounds just dandy, a new Field Poll shows. …
“So far the boards of supervisors in Siskiyou and Modoc have voted to secede, and citizen committees promoting the idea have been formed in the counties of Tehama, Shasta, Del Norte, Humboldt, Butte, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn.
From the Los Angeles Times Framework blog, in a post by Scott Harrison:
“In a Dec. 11, 2003, Los Angeles Times article, reporter Bob Pool wrote about the Dec. 14, 1963, Baldwin Hills Dam collapse:
“The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963. … It foreshadowed the end of urban-area earthen dams as a major element of the Department of Water and Power’s water-storage system.
“Most Californians know their state parks as a place to camp, walk on the beach or stare with jaws gaping into a canopy of giant redwoods. Fewer know the state parks system also guards one of the largest troves of historical artifacts in the nation. Soon, Californians will be able to walk through that remarkable assembly of artifacts for the first time.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by former U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren and former California Attorney General John Van de Kamp:
“One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act, which allowed San Francisco to build a dam in Yosemite National Park and convert the spectacular Hetch Hetchy Valley into a municipal reservoir.
“As native Californians who have often visited Yosemite, we can think of no greater crime committed against the national parks. But it’s not too late to undo the damage.
“Imperial Valley farmer Al Kalin recalls that as a boy, his folks would take him to interesting places throughout the Imperial Valley. One of those places in particular was the mud pots and mud volcanoes near the Salton Sea.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Steve Holmes:
“One morning in October, an unusual sight appeared along Los Gatos Creek in the form of three black Shopping Cart Chinook salmon on the creek trail between Bascom and Hamilton Avenues. Blending the carts and fish in works of art seemed fitting after Friends of Los Gatos Creek volunteers pulled 18 shopping carts out of the creek at just one cleanup site. …
“We know how to restore fisheries in decline, but we need to act now.
“The Delta Protection Commission (DPC) will mark its 20th Anniversary this Thursday, Nov. 21 during a celebration [4-5:30 p.m.] at the Big Break Visitor Center in Oakley, CA, preceding a 6 p.m. Commission Meeting at Oakley City Hall. …
“’Throughout its history, the Delta Protection Commission has served as the voice of those that live, work, and play in the Delta,’ said San Joaquin County Supervisor Larry Ruhstaller, chair of the Delta Protection Commission.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Joe Mathews:
“News flash! Los Angeles, a famously dry place, this month has been suddenly inundated. The source is not rain, not El Niño. Nope, we’re experiencing a flash flood of commentary tied to the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.”
“Horticulturists recently announced that they had successfully cloned a genetic replica of an ailing 130-year-old giant sequoia planted by conservationist John Muir in the 1880s on his ranch in Martinez, Calif.”
“The Owens [River] reached its new end point 100 years ago today, on Nov. 5, 1913, with the dedication of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Modern Los Angeles was born on that day. The city has never been the same. Our thirst has never been quenched.”