November 21, 2019
Releases of problematic state water plan also addressed
SAN FRANCISCO — In response to an announcement from the State of California that it will sue to block new federal water operations rules for the Central Valley Project and the release of a draft Environmental Impact Report from the Dept. of Water Resources regarding its proposed operation of the State Water Project, GSSA president John McManus released the following statement:
“We’re heartened to see the state announce its challenge to the Trump/Bernhardt/Westlands salmon extinction plan. The grab-all-you-can Trump/Bernhardt/Westlands approach to seizing northern California’s waters is so egregious that the state really had no choice but to challenge it.
The federal government has already admitted that their planned raid on northern California water would rob the delta of an additional 600,000 acre feet of desperately needed water. The State Water Board’s highly detailed and up to date scientific studies have made clear the Delta needs more, not less water, to support the salmon runs and other wildlife we’ve sent into a tailspin. Against this backdrop, the state had no credible option but to challenge Bernhardt and company’s raid on northern water.
Some of the biggest of the State Water Project contractors have said they hoped the state would follow the lead of the Trump/Bernhardt/Westlands team and relax environmental protections for them too. Further study of the state’s new proposal for operation of the State Water Project will demonstrate to what degree they may get what they want.
We look forward to further studying the state’s new State Water Project proposal but at first glance we have concerns about how the Delta pumps are to be operated and how managers will monitor and know when excessive pumping is damaging salmon runs.”
The Golden State Salmon Association (www.goldenstatesalmon.org) is a coalition of salmon advocates that includes commercial and recreational salmon fisherman, businesses, restaurants and chefs, a native tribe, environmentalists, elected officials, families and communities that rely on salmon.
GSSA’s mission is to restore California salmon for their economic, recreational, commercial, environmental, cultural and health values. GSSA serves the sport and commercial anglers, businesses, conservationists and foodies that rely on salmon as a long-term, nutritious, sustainable resource.
Currently, California’s salmon industry is valued at $1.4 billion in annual economic activity in a normal season. The industry employs tens of thousands of people from Santa Barbara to northern Oregon. This is a huge economic bloc made up of commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen (fresh and salt water), fish processors, marinas, coastal communities, equipment manufacturers, tackle shops and marine stores, the hotel and food industry, tribes, and the salmon fishing industry at large. Salmon are the keystone species that reflect the health of both their fresh and salt water environment.
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John McManus, GSSA, 650-218-8650