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    Aug. 19, 1970 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Why The Creek Dried Up"

    The Arroyo del Valle, which flowed all spring and summer was a wonderful new recreation scene for Pleasanton youngsters, today is the graveyard for a thousand dead fish.

    The stream dried up because of installation of a new gauging station below Hopyard Road bridge." But when the flow of water out of Del Valle Reservoir was suddenly stopped and the creek dried up, the fish died.

    Most of them are only blue gills, or 'pan fish" as they are called. Five and six inches long, for hundreds of local boys these little fish have been a source of angling delight, throughout the summer. Now some unknowing youngsters are hauling in the dead fish, and taking them home as their prize catch.

    The Times first got the word from residents along the Del Valle, who complained of the smell from a growing number of dead fish. We passed the word on to the County Health officer stationed at Santa Rita but later learned that all they did was to call Pleasanton's City Hall.


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    Further probing brought out that the Pleasanton Township Water District had ordered the Del Valle flow stopped so that the new gauging station could be installed. It's part of a program shared by a U.S. Geological Survey to measure the amount of water flowing out of the valley.

    The work has been going on for a week and should be finished by this weekend. Then the Del Valle Reservoir can be opened up again, and the arroyo will flow once more. Maybe some of the little fish that survived in the shallow ponds will spring to life again, populating the stream so that little boys can finish out their summer on a happy note.

    There is no year-round program for stocking the Del Valle, we are told. The water is too warm to sustain trout and most other cold-water species. But the Township Water District keeps water flowing down the creek as a means of percolating water from the Del Valle Reservoir back into this basin.

    In a very dry year, when the water level in the reservoir drops below an acceptable low point, then the late summer flow down the arroyo might again be halted. And the fish will die again.

    It's an uncertain life for the blue gill, for little boys with fishing poles ... and for parents who worry about children who gather up dead fish and bring them home to share with the family.

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    Groceries: Safeway, Pleasanton. Fryer parts, $1.97 a 5-pound box; seven-bone chuck roast, 58 cents a pound; pure vanilla extract, 27 cents; Secret super spray, $1.06.

    At the Movies: Dublin Cinema. Together for the first time! It's Herbie and the Jungle Swingers! Walt Disney "Love Bug", starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson and Buddy Hacket. Co-feature is "The Jungle Book," a Walt Disney wonderful all-cartoon comedy.

    Trivia Question: In what year was The Billboard Hot 100 was founded?

    Answer to last week's question: On Sept. 21, 1970, "Monday Night Football" premiered on ABC with the Cleveland Browns beating the New York Jets 31-21.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.