From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW):
“The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has closed some waters to fishing in order to protect native salmon and steelhead from low water flows in California streams and rivers that have been significantly impacted by drought.
“Mother Nature, always fickle, has been especially cruel this drought year to the resorts and mountain communities that depend on snow for their economic survival. Instead of fluffy powder, there’s just granite, mud and manzanita.”
“State officials are being urged to close fishing seasons on the American River in the Sacramento area to protect steelhead and salmon from fishing pressure as the river declines amid drought conditions.”
“The faux antique wooden sign says it all: ‘Pray for Snow.’
“It hangs on the wall behind the register at the Ski Haus, a rental shop on the main boulevard in Big Bear Lake, minutes away from Snow Summit, one of the most popular ski resorts in Southern California.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle in the Outdoors column by Tom Stienstra:
“As winter takes hold, these pretty days, one after another, are adding up to a pending crisis for lake levels, recreation, boating and the coming year’s outdoor vacation season across the state, as well as all industries that depend on water. …
“There’s still plenty of time, of course, with most precipitation historically arriving in January and February, to fill up the lakes and pack the high country with snow.
“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.
“Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills.