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Does California’s environment deserve its own water right?

Feb 27, 2018

In the article below by the Water Education Foundation, they ask this question: "Does California need to revamp the way in which water is dedicated to the environment to better protect fish and the ecosystem at large?" Really? Do they not realize it's being revamped every day, and it's been revamped ever since the Central Valley Project Improvement Act in 1992. For over 25-years more and more water has been dedicated to the environment with various policy changes. Here are a list of major changes over the years:

1992: Central Valley Project Improvement Ace (CVPIA) - dedicated about 1,400,000 acre-feet per year (enough to irrigate over 500,000 acres or serve 2,000,000 valley households) from the federal Central Valley Project to fish and wildlife purposes. Result: no improvement in fish populations
 
1993: The Endangered Species Act listing of the winter run Chinook salmon stripping away another 250,000 to 800,000 AF/yr. Result: no improvement in fish populations.
 
1994: The ESA listing of the delta smelt. Result: no improvement in fish populations.
 
1995: The CalFed Bay/Delta program that collectively stripped the CVP and State Water Project of another 1,100,000 AF/yr. Result: no improvement in fish populations.
 
Since 1995: There’s been even more regulatory actions the sum total of which have removed over 5,000,000 AF/yr. – more than the entire capacity of Lake Shasta or 10 times that of Millerton Lake.* Result: no improvement in fish populations.
In addition, the battle for river water starting with the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement in 2006 (San Joaquin River Settlement Causes New Water Worries) and continuing with the Stanislaus, Merced and Toulumne rivers (California's plan for river flows will be devastating for our region) that goes on right now.

As you can see, the environment doesn't need any additional water rights because they keep getting more and more water all the time anyway.


Does California’s environment deserve its own water right?

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