The Delta smelt is a rarely-encountered critter, and though it currently resides on the Endangered Species list, who the heck is gonna care if it disappears for good?
Well, you should! Everyone who enjoys catching salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, stripers, bass and a whole host of other species should.
You see, the little ol’ Delta smelt is very much the canary in the coal mine of the Delta. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife service says that three of the primary threats to the Delta smelt include: Direct entrainments by State and Federal water export facilities;summer and fall increases in salinity; and summer and fall increases in water clarity.
In case you haven’t already guessed, all three of those are direct results of exporting too much water out of the Delta complex.
And guess what folks, those aren’t just threats to the smelt. Those same factors affect all of your beloved species too!Click here to read more…