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19 February 2010, 5:13 PM
Major ag operators push to pump more water

Thousands of jobs linked to the decline of Sacramento River salmon have been lost—but big agricultural interests in California are stepping up political efforts that may permanently extinguish salmon and the industries they support.

Even without this latest assault, the future of California's king salmon is in doubt. Salmon runs are at all time lows, due in large part to water pumps in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta that suck baby salmon in and kill them. The water is going to agricultural operators south of San Francisco Bay—and now they want more.

Those operators, addicted to the extra water delivered during the last decade, are fighting tooth and nail to have a federal restoration plan overruled. The plan was introduced last year, calling for a more balanced division of water between agricultural operators and salmon.

The ag operators enlisted the support of Sen. Dianne Feinstein who proposed ramping up delta pumping even while the 2012 class of salmon is currently trying to migrate through the delta past those killer pumps.

Sen. Feinstein's proposal drew a sharp letter from House Democrats from California and Oregon who oppose actions that will wipe out more salmon and communities that depend on them.

Earthjustice is working overtime to keep the restoration plan in place in order to rebuild the salmon runs and restore thousands of salmon-related jobs lost in the last few years.

This is just the latest gambit in the organization's 20-year struggle to rebuild the king salmon runs. We enjoyed notable success during the 1990's, but in the year 2000, water pumping increased by an average of 16 percent, sending the salmon into steep decline.

 

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We are being raped as a nation. We the People must stop corporate manbearpig from destroying in the name of profit over intelligent management of resources. Salmon are here to feed the people and myopic political Californicators who dine on fine food and drink need a lesson in humble service to their brothers and sisters who struggle to live...JUST LIVE...You bumbling stupid selfish selfcentered beaurocrats have no idea what humanity is all about. You fat cats who sit in dark rooms plotting and planning how to take more and more of the land and destroy resources just to put more $$$ in your pockets are totally HELD accountable to this planet for your disgraceful handling of the land animals humans plants SALMON livelihood and water... you who abuse your office sesli siteler

I'm sad to hear about your salmon. Many species need our help and the current economic slump doesn't serve them equal justice. For that reason those not intertwined with big corporations need to stand firm and awoken. Please don't let governments fool you with half-baked solutions. They rather seek out new ventures than clean up after them, this to the very brink of extinction. So arrogant, they don't even acknowledge they are the sole reason of this whole economic slump with unbalancing life and harmony: a spike in the eye of justice.

Before we realize it, nothing photosynthesises, breaths nor breeds independently any longer.

Please support the end of destructive fishing practices through bottom-trawling at: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-the-trawler.html

Killing salmon fingerlings must be stopped. They can be relocated to other rivers that have been over fished, but I think the idea of Southern California catching flood waters for use in dry seasons is a logical move.

I've lived out here in Cali for most of my life and I'm always baffled by the way things are done here around water. SOUTHERN Cali gets inundated every winter by massive rains that wash out roads, cause mudslides that take out entire subdivisions and flood thoroughfares but they rely on damns and proposed canals in NORTHERN Cali to supply their water.(?) For a fraction of the cost of a peripheral canal or mega tube to direct water south from the Sacramento River delta, they could build catch basins DOWN THERE and be self sufficient in their water needs... Why don't they do that and let the salmon recover?

I hardly know where to start, there are so many points to be made in this argument. We seem to be doing more to wipe salmon and other species off the face of the planet then we are doing to help them to survive. The western part of the US alone has had a bounty of resources that will no longer exist in the very near future if we continue down this same path. This includes enough water for both fish and crops. We must come up with solutions that look at the long term outcome. I don’t mean 20 to 30 years from now either. I mean truly long term.

As for the industry aspect of things with regard to livelihoods, we have put ourselves in this situation. I am a sport fisherwoman and there is no better thrill then hooking a beautiful Chinook. But those fish are fewer and farther between then I would like these days. We need to come to terms with the fact that these fisheries are dying and mostly due to human destruction. Caused by the construction of hundreds of dams in all three of the most western states as well as with gill net fishing in the commercial fishing industry, for years we have been demonstrating that we will take, take, take and expect the bounty to keep coming. When the fish can’t get to their birthplace to spawn due to several man made obstacles in their way, there will be no more fish. It really is that simple.

Lastly, our problems are not divided among states or nations. These are world wide issues that need to be addressed as a whole, not as individual knee jerk reactionary solutions to a small confined space. What the farmer down the road from you does has an impact, as does the destruction of the rain forests for the production of coal in Africa. It all has an impact. Act Local think Global, is a good start but pardon the pun when I say it does not begin to touch the tip of the iceberg!!

All of the species that inhabit this earth deserve our collective brain power to re-create how we consume our resources. Politicians and Government while they play an integral role should not be the deciding factor. People MUST ban together, take the time, get involved and develop solutions to repair, reduce, re-create, reuse and revive our planet.

I BELIEVE we have the knowledge and the power to get it right. At the risk of sounding like a campaign slogan, Yes, We Can.

Why isn't Dianne Feinstein's office being flooded with emails, letter, phone calls, etc. to let her know voters don't like her position and activities?

I just did, thanks to your comment. Go to www.feinstein.senate.gov and look to the left for contact info. California citizens must let her know that we do not support her decision.

These salmon migrate throughout the ocean, and it's more than just the population of California that has a stake in health salmon runs. Pacific northwest states should sue for protection.

Is there a petion we can sign to stop this madness!

We are being raped as a nation. We the People must stop corporate manbearpig from destroying in the name of profit over intelligent management of resources. Salmon are here to feed the people and myopic political Californicators who dine on fine food and drink need a lesson in humble service to their brothers and sisters who struggle to live...JUST LIVE...You bumbling stupid selfish selfcentered beaurocrats have no idea what humanity is all about. You fat cats who sit in dark rooms plotting and planning how to take more and more of the land and destroy resources just to put more $$$ in your pockets are totally HELD accountable to this planet for your disgraceful handling of the land animals humans plants SALMON livelihood and water... you who abuse your office...YOU'RE FIRED! FLAME

FLAME, you sound pretty pissed off and I rarely like to fuel the FLAME.
... but I TOTALLY agree with your sentiment. Something is very wrong here (on the planet).
Resources are being used UP. The oceans (vast as they are) are showing distinct signs of being over-polluted. I could go on and on....

I finding myself becoming more and more angry about how things are going.
As for the Salmon, tell friends and get a buzz gong that the Sacramento delta water is an essential part of the environment and it is NOT part of agribusiness... they take too much already.

Everyone who cares about this issue should read the book, ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE, by Barbara Kingsolver. Big Business stikes again. We must take a careful look at what is happening to our food supply and who is in charge. We are at the mercy of people who care more about short term profits than a clean environment that provides healthy food. I, myself, am returning to the small farm model and growing my own food. My hope is to become as self-sufficient and eco friendly as possible.

Federally supplied water had given big agriculture an unfair advantage over small farmers in the California valley and around the world as Miami rice destroys small Haitian farms and imported corn, often genetically modified, threatens Mexican farmers. etc etc

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Great article, John McManus

We just quipped this story at:

http://apocadocs.com/s.pl?1266765406

"Without that water, we won't have artichokes. The economy can't handle that."

Appalling. Thanks for what you do!

California should be ashamed of itself!

With all the money you spend on waco enviro causes - THIS is where you decide to cut back??? !!!

You would doom these magnificent fish to extinction for the sake of a few crops? Salmon feed people too. They provide many jobs for boat sellers and repairers, tackle stores, marinas, hotels and motels, truck sales (hello GM!), tackle manufacturers, gas stations, fishing guides, grocery stores etc.

Where I live in Tahsis, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, our town absolutely depends on Salmon fishing to survive. A good friend of mine is from San Francisco. He bought a condo here and has his boat here full time for one reason: so he can go Salmon Fishing. He can't do that at home! He and his family fly up here about 2 or 3 times a year to go Salmon Fishing. Is this what the great state of California has come to? Shame on you! Shame on all of you who let this happen!

Right on. Right on! Right on!! Right on!!! Keep telling this story. We are among the most arrogant people of the world. We have more food than anyone. We try to justify our choices to build farms for produce in locations where the farming can't be sustained without artificial means and in the process destroy others industries' livelihood. California should be ashamed. Too bad we don't have Laugh In around to award the governor and Feinstein the Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award.

Great, excellent, eloquent points! Very well expressed. Wake 'em up, for God's sake!

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