The Undamming of America
By Anna Lieb on Wed, 12 Aug 2015
Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River
Gordon Grant didn’t really get excited about the dam he blew up until the night a few weeks later when the rain came. It was October of 2007, and the concrete carnage of the former Marmot Dam had been cleared. A haphazard mound of earth was the only thing holding back the rising waters of the Sandy River. But not for long. Soon the river punched through, devouring the earthen blockade within hours. Later, salmon would swim upstream for the first time in 100 years.
The State Office of Administrative Law has posted this emergency rule making it is effective as of July 2 and will expire on December 30, 2015.
The department shall maintain a list of closed waters of the state and update that list on Wednesday of each week by 1:00 pm. In the event that water conditions change later in the week, the fishing status for each specific water will not change until the day following the next Wednesday. It shall be the responsibility of the angler to use the telephone number provided below or go to the department’s website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regulations to obtain the current status of any water.
The number to call for information is (916) 445-7600.
Pending action on closing waters to fishing. The regulations do not take effect until the public comment period is over and the regulation has been filed with the Secretary of State. I have seen information out there about calling a certain phone number after postings on Wednesdays but that is not in effect yet.
The regulatory process to implement actions to close waters to angling due to drought conditions is working it’s way through the system. Information on it can be obtained at
Here is the actual regulatory language link
It appears the emergency regulations will not be effective for several more weeks, and the Commission and CDFW will work together to refine the language etc.
There is an opportunity to comment on the proposed action if you so desire by going to
Stay tuned for more information as the situation develops.