Wow…here’s the latest bad news for California’s salmon & steelhead runs: With extremely low flows this spring, out-migrating Chinook salmon and steelhead in the Central Valley have been having a tough go of it. And to make matters worse, you have the National Marine Fisheries Service waiving the 2009 biological restrictions in the Delta and allowing export pumping to increase right in the middle of the peak smolt migrations through the Delta.
As a result, millions of endangered winter-run, spring-run and also non-listed fall-run smolts are being sucked to the pumps and will perish. This increases the possibility that the 2015 and 2016 salmon seasons will be cancelled the way they were in 2008 and 2009.
The pumping changes have been orchestrated by the San Joaquin Valley water contractors who have spent millions in lobbying congress. One of them, the Westlands Water District, which, according to OpenSecrets.org, spent $600,000 last year in hiring four Washington DC lobbying firms to influence key congressmen and senators to support their water grab. They also made $172,000 of direct contributions to legislators and spent another $1 million dollars in hiring a PR firm to run an “outreach awareness” campaign.
What you can do!
It’s simple…and takes about 15 seconds. Simply add your name to the petition that Water4Fish has set up. Just go to the website and click “sign the petition.” We need everyone’s voice to be heard!