Let’s clean up Lodi Lake together

Community will collect trash as part of annual Coastal Cleanup

By Courtney Nelson/Lodi High School

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living in Lodi, it’s that the lake is a central spot for recreational activity and leisure. Many Lodians spend their days there boating, kayaking, or simply enjoying the outdoors, but on any given day looking out onto Lodi Lake is like playing a game of “I Spy” — there’s a duck, there’s a turtle, and there’s a … plastic bag. Continue reading

Storm Drain Detectives protect the Mokelumne River

By Jesús Godínez

We may all know about the beautiful river that runs through the northern part of Lodi, but do we all know about the city’s impact on the river? Imagine that there is a stormy day where there is abundant amounts of water falling from the sky. How does that water get off our streets? The answer would be the storm drains. Continue reading

Thrill or spill?

Sea-Doo Personal Watercrafts

Courtesy photograph
Two Sea-Doo Personal Watercrafts at Marina Boats and Power Sports in Lodi. They both have four-stroke engines and a 3-star emissions rating by the ARB.

Should Jet Skis and other motorized watercraft be allowed on the river?

By Samuel Ellison/Tokay High School

A day’s ride on an older model, 100-horsepower Jet Ski adds the same amount of pollution to the water as a modern car does in 100,000 miles, according to the California Air Resources Board. A carbureted two-stroke engine can emit up to 25 to 30 percent of its fuel unburned into the water or atmosphere, which is why high-emission engines are prohibited on some lakes. Continue reading

Defenders of the river: Kathy Grant, Public Works watershed educator

Kathy Grant

Janine Jacinto/Heritage Elementary School Kathy Grant, city of Lodi watershed education coordinator, left, discusses her favorite parts of the job with Diana Aguilar.

Heritage Elementary School students interview Lodi residents working to keep the Mokelumne River healthy

Editor’s note: Heritage Elementary School students interviewed some of the Lodi residents who help to protect the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake and educate the community about our natural resources.
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Defenders of the river: Jay Bell, Lodi Unified School District science coach

Jay Bell and Daniella Ortiz

Janine Jacinto/Heritage Elementary School
Daniella Ortiz and Lodi Unified science coach Jay Bell discuss Bell’s role in founding the Lodi Lake Nature Area.

Heritage Elementary School students interview Lodi residents working to keep the Mokelumne River healthy

Editor’s note: Heritage Elementary School students interviewed some of the Lodi residents who help to protect the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake and educate the community about our natural resources.
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Defenders of the river: Bill Beckett, naturalist

Bill Beckett and Suzet Juarez

Janine Jacinto/Heritage Elementary School
Naturalist Bill Beckett shares some fun facts about birds in the Lodi area with Suzet Juarez.

Heritage Elementary School students interview Lodi residents working to keep the Mokelumne River healthy

Editor’s note: Heritage Elementary School students interviewed some of the Lodi residents who help to protect the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake and educate the community about our natural resources.
Continue reading

Defenders of the river: Dan Arbuckle, Headwaters Kayak Shop owner

Dan Arbuckle

Courtesy photograph Headwater Kayak owner Dan Arbuckle talked to Xavier Santoyo about kayaking on the Mokelumne River.

Heritage Elementary School students interview Lodi residents working to keep the Mokelumne River healthy

Editor’s note: Heritage Elementary School students interviewed some of the Lodi residents who help to protect the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake and educate the community about our natural resources. Continue reading