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Young Salmon are Dodging Deadly Delta Pumps

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19 April 2010, 11:27 AM
This is the critical time of year for the future of salmon populations

This time of year is when young salmon in California hitch a ride on the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers out to the ocean—if they escape the massive pumps in the Delta. These pumps redirect the water and send it south to huge agricultural operations in the San Joaquin Valley - in the process the sucking in and killing salmon.

Earthjustice attorneys successfully challenged this practice and water managers were forced to limit water deliveries in order to reduce the destruction of salmon runs. The junior water rights holders in the valley filed lawsuits seeking to block the salmon protections.

On March 31, a federal judge rejected an attempt by water rights holders to block the salmon protections. Next, he will issue another set of similar rulings that among other things will signal to all parties who's likely to win this water tug of war in the long run. Meanwhile a panel of independent scientists from the National Academy of Sciences recently confirmed the basic science showing that river diversion and water mismanagement are the important factors killing California's salmon.

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I hope the state can find a better way to manage the water supply from the Delta without damaging the salmon population in the state. sesli sohbet

For too long now we (humans) have seemingly been doing our best to destroy all other forms of life on our wonderful planet. (In this I include all the livestock we exploit for consumption. (The cattle, poultry &c. have existence, but nothing I would call life.) This is all done as a living sacrifice made upon our altar to $$$. We HAVE to get our priorities straightened out. Sea lion and seal populations are being slaughtered because they eat of the fish, as part of their natural diet, in their natural habitat. When a species is gone, it is gone. It is too late then to rend garments and gnash teeth. NOW is the time to take measures to safeguard these resources for future generations. We are already going to be damned as the stupidest and greediest generation ever to befoul its own nest. Our children and grand children are going to remember us for the mess we've made of the world, not the money we made doing it.

Good work keep it up. Don't let these dam pumps kill these runs maybe sometime down the road these dams will be removed altogether back to its natural state. Back to the way god made it. You have dream anyways.

I hope the state can find a better way to manage the water supply from the Delta without damaging the salmon population in the state.

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