Land Trust looks at water |

Land Trust looks at water

Land Trust looks at water

The Bear Yuba Land Trust will present an Armchair Trek on Water, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on March 25.

Water, or the lack of it and quality of it, will be the next big issue we will all face. Water has always been a critical problem in the dry West.

At this evening event, water diva Dr. Wendy J. Pabich (, author of “Taking on Water,” will talk about the scarcity of fresh water, the health of water, and what you can do to preserve and conserve it.

She is humorous, insightful and will not only present the problem but will offer solutions.

Speaking on the organic imperative will be Lew Douglas, founder of Urth Organic (event sponsor).

The armchair trek is free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to support land trust programs. The talk will be in the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room.

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Middle Mountain Foundation hosts presentation

Walt Anderson is the author of “Inland Island: The Sutter Buttes.” He will be visiting the area and making a presentation at the Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County at 7 p.m. Thursday. This presentation is free. Bring a copy of Anderson’s book for him to sign or there will be copies to buy at the presentation. It will be in Ettl Hall at the museum, 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. For more information, call 530-822-7141.

Hatcheries release 900,000 steelhead smolts

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released 900,000 steelhead smolts from its Central Valley hatcheries in February.

The year-old, 6- to 8-inch steelhead will flow down the Sacramento River into San Francisco Bay, then to the Pacific Ocean to feed and grow. In one to three years, the adults will return to the river waters in which they were raised.

The steelhead came from three hatcheries:

The Feather River Hatchery released more than 400,000 smolts into the Feather River near Marysville.

The Nimbus Hatchery released more than 315,500 smolts into the American River near the Howe Avenue Bridge in Sacramento.

The Mokelumne River Hatchery released 185,000 into the Mokelume River at New Hope Landing.

Dams on the Feather, American and Mokelumne Rivers prevent steelhead and salmon from reaching most of their historic spawning areas. CDFW operates hatcheries on each of these rivers to mitigate for the loss of spawning habitat and maintain salmon and steelhead populations.

— Submitted to The Union

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