SIERRA NEVADA (San Joaquin River Watershed) – Dr. Bob Derlet – who has made the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the environment a major focus of his insurgent campaign for Congress in the 4th CD – will interrupt his political campaign schedule starting this weekend for a four-day scientific fact-finding mission deep into the sierra wilderness watershed.
Contrasted to incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock, who doesn't even live in the 4th CD, Dr. Derlet said his concern about the Sierra is important, in part because he's a resident and primary care doctor in Tuolumne County.
Traveling with a group of other professionals, Dr. Derlet is expected to collect data from 10 lakes in the upper reaches of the San Joaquin river watershed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
“I have nearly 20 years of longitudinal data on wilderness lakes and streams, and I do not want to skip a year. This trip will focus on water analysis of 10 lakes ranging from 7,800 ft. to 11,000 ft. in the Central Sierra. My concern is the increase in Algae related to increasing Sierra Lake temperatures and pollution into the lakes from polluted air,” said Dr. Derlet, a UC Davis professor who has published more than 20 scientific research articles related to the Sierra Nevada Watershed.
Noting that "our district includes 300 miles of the most pristine and majestic landscapes in America, the Northern and Central Sierra Nevada. Several 14,000-foot high mountain peaks, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks captivate the eye, as they did John Muir’s over 100 years ago," Dr. Derlet pointed out that the Federal Government manages two thirds of the district area that includes vast forests, wild rivers and thousands of high country lakes.
"These areas need some form of Federal protection. I support Senate Bill 1724, which provides $415 million to 'Keep Tahoe Blue.' I support scientific forest management to prevent catastrophic fires that have destroyed homes and damaged our watershed. And I encourage conservation of one of California’s most precious resources so present and future generations of families can experience the same tranquility and beauty that John Muir once experienced," he said.
The 4th district includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties plus portions of Fresno, Madera, Nevada, and Placer counties.