.Letter to the Editor: River Trashed

Just today it was announced—even further decline and extinction of salmon is expected on Western waters. We cannot let any of this happen anymore.

We need to get all of this trash out of the river immediately. This is seriously trashing and polluting critical habitat for threatened Steelhead and endangered Coho Salmon.

I don’t care where this stuff goes. Just keep it all 100 feet away from the river. 

This is the worst I’ve ever seen the San Lorenzo, and at a time when the Steelhead and Coho (if there are any) and all the other species that live there need our help.

And please help me get to who is responsible for tilling the river bed like this. All of this sandy silt will end up in the estuary and contributes to a totally unnatural and terrific amount of build up in the lower section of the river and river mouth.

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We need to get everyone involved and get this off the river. Before it rains. Spread the word—I’m willing to help do the work.   

Somebody get us in front of the Federal Judge (Susan van Keulen) so we can remind her this is the destruction of critical habitat and hazardous materials that will end up in a National Marine Sanctuary. 

Tom Hogye | President, Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen

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  1. For some time I’ve been following the rail trail debate. Trying to convince rail opponents how shortsighted and selfish it would be to delay Our trail by ripping out the rail (at great cost), thereby making the rail option impossible for future Santa Cruzans in the future. Let’s try this, let’s go back just a few years when the storms closed all but the shaky hwy 129. Now go back further to the deadly ’89 Loma Prieta quake. Remember that the harbor bridge was closed along with several other main routes through the county. Go back further now to the killer storm of ’82 when it rained for 60 hours straight. Remember the impassable mud filled streets and the Soquel Ave. bridge lying in the San Lorenzo River? In these last two instances, the rail line was still hauling freight and after minor repairs and inspections was still capable of transportation. So You have to ask Yourselves, what if something similar occurs, or God forbid something worse? We are isolated here, so best to consider the past for future plans.


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