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Cabernet or Wild Steelhead...which will you have?
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camosled
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« on: November 18, 2013, 05:26:18 PM »

http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/05/07/trout-threatened-when-water-is-low-in-wine-country/

Wild stocks are on the losing end, most of the time.

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2013, 06:58:56 PM »

"The competition between farmers and fish for precious water in California is intensifying in wine country, suggests a new study by biologists at the University of California, Berkeley."

Like this is news? Hell, we've known this for at least 20 years.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 07:23:32 PM »

I just wish these reporters would include all of the water users in their hit pieces.  California has lots of people flushing toilets and watering golf courses and begonias.  At least we can eat or drink what the farmers grow.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 10:37:22 AM »

For me, and many others concerned about the future of salmon and steelhead, the fact that we do not have an Agricultural Practices Act in place is bothersome.  Even our Forest Practices Act requires certain restraints on the part of the timber harvester to benefit fish and wildlife.  Most of our water pollution here in Oregon is generated on Ag land or in estuarine areas near Ag land.  Cities are a big polluter, but their compliance efforts fall under EPA point source rules.  On Ag lands, a cow's ass is not a point source of pollution, but if that excrement gets into the river directly from a pipe, then it MIGHT qualify as a point source.  That's ridiculous.   A cow standing in the river releasing excrement is not a point source. 

Just a more obvious example of the need for an AG practices act.

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2013, 08:05:47 PM »

Although never having favored the practice of attaching a less popular bill to the coat tails of a more popular bill, in order to sneak something through that otherwise would not have a chance, perhaps the time has come to attach some water restrictions onto farm subsidy bills. Maybe that would get their attention. Shocked I'm not a big fan of farm subsidies either, but you do what you gotta do. Angry
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