Sunday, February 21, 2010

California Politicians Want more Water Diversion from Sac Delta


A group of California legislators led by Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein is seeking more water diversions from the Sacramento delta for irrigation in the Central Valley. Water withdrawals from the delta conflict with ESA mandated protections for Central Valley Chinook, Steelhead and Delta Smelt. Returns of Chinook to the Sacramento system have been at record low levels for three consecutive seasons, prompting closures of commercial and sport chinook fisheries throughout California and Southern Oregon. Added pressure from irrigators will only push Sac Chinook closer to extinction. More information in the Sacramento Bee:

http://www.sacbee.com/2010/02/11/2531206/feinstein-to-seek-increased-irrigation.html

More information on ongoing California water problems from Salmon Water Now:

http://salmonwaternow.org/

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