Voodoo Economics and New Dams

By Ron Stork, Sr. Policy Advocate for Friends of the River

The House of Representatives seems to live in a world disconnected from the real world but, in doing so, seeks to remake it. Subcommittee on Water & Power Chair Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) continues to speak and write about his vision of an era of abundance where great new brimful reservoirs provide plentiful and cheap water and electricity for our farms and families.

In his world, the annoying voices of economists that speak of the realities of the law of diminishing returns from damming---and re-damming---the same rivers are not heard. In the Congressman's world, the life within rivers can be re-created by industrial reproduction and rearing in hatcheries, and the beauty of natural waterscapes can be replaced by the military discipline of concrete dams and still reservoirs and be banished to aging photographs.

Tom's on a roll too. He's persuaded the House to de-designate wild & scenic rivers to make room for reservoirs, and he and his colleagues have introduced bills to authorize huge dams and reservoirs without the slightest attention to the pesky rules laid down by President Ronald Reagan---you know, like waiting for agency review and recommendations or bothering with any notion of who will pay for them or how they will be paid for. Read the full story.

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Marijuana Grows Impact Our Forests

Marijuana growing on our national forests causes significant harm to the land, water and animals. The toxicants and lethal weapons found at these sites are both shocking in terms of amount, and raise concerns regarding the health of the Region's forests. The Forest Service, along with other agencies and volunteers, are working together to restore these impacted lands. View a Forest Service video displaying the scope of these grows and their effects on the forest plant, animals and streams.

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Silver Fork Survey Succesful

The El Dorado Chapter conducted a Hook-n-Line survey of the Silver Fork of the American River on July19th. Seven members attended from 5-9pm. Of the attendees, 3 were formally trained by DFG/HWTP personnel and 4 were new to the project. All hit the water after a brief safety discussion and overview of the protocol. New members Tom Van Noord and John Wilson teamed with Lew Archuletta and hooked 16 rainbows. Rob Kilbourne teamed with Ron Zigelhofer and landed 3 bows while Erik Holst scrambled the banks with John Sikora and found one rainbow. All action seemed to start at 7:30pm and didn't last much beyond that time and all fished different locations. Fish were in the 7-12 inch range. The three groups stopped fishing between 8-9pm.

Anyone who would like the formal (2 hr.) training by DFG/HWTP should contact . If you take the training you will be given a log book and allowed to record your own data. The DFG desires fishing data on all of the South Fork and its tributaries.When at least 6 sign up, we will contact the DFG to conduct this training. We plan to do this a few more times this summer and will announce the dates and times in chapter e-mails or on the chapter website.

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