San Joaquin Valley

A New Silence

Following the weekend of worldwide youth-climate-change strikes involving millions of people, some members of the Badlands Journal Editorial board, residents of the San Joaquin Valley, the worst air-quality zone in the nation, remarked: “You think Global Warming is bad; wait till the wildlife is eliminated. “Billions of birds that used to fly and chirp in North American skies are no more.  Billions of birds that used to fly and chirp in North American skies are no more.

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you don't have a high speed railroad

The California High Speed Rail project, ruinous to farmland, farm operations and habitat for endangered species, was sold to voters in a highly deceptive initiative and has been rammed down the throats of Valley landowners ever since by a cabal of project potentates and real estate special interests cattle-prodding local governments into support.

San Francisco wins; Delta smelt to be extinct


For the first time ever, a fish survey that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) conducts every autumn turned up zero Delta smelt throughout the monitoring sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in September, October, November and December 2018. -- Bacher,, Feb. 5, 2019


Chairwoman Felicia Marcus, a consequence

"Newsom will have only one board opening to fill soon after he takes office. Marcus’ term expires in January.
Marcus has said she is open to voluntary agreements, but also led the panel’s 4-1 adoption of the first round of flow requirements in the face of threatened lawsuits and loud protests by river users.
"In coming weeks, the water world will be watching to see if Newsom steers a new course. His spokesman declined to discuss Newsom’s positions, saying Brown was still the governor.