Changing the Rules
Now because of some common sense by the Trump administration the old pumping rules are getting a new look.
Feb 07, 2019
The wrong-headed rules about pumping water out of the Delta for human and farm use could be changing soon. That's good news, but not for everyone. Farmers and others in California watch in amazement as fresh water flows out to sea only to turn into salt water unsuitable for human use.
Now because of some common sense by the Trump administration the old pumping rules are getting a new look. About time. But, of course, any changes in the rules that could help people instead of fish gets a panic response from environmental organizations. For instance, “it sure looks like a plan for extinction,” said Doug Obegi, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC does not ever want to consider taking what they see as a step back. It's always more and more water for fish no matter the lack of results.
According to the L.A. Times, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released an 871-page “biological assessment” of conditions in the Delta that it said is designed to “maximize water supply and delivery” while maintaining protections for fish. The biological assessment "serves as the basis for new biological opinions that will be released within 135 days" according to Mike Wade of the California Farm Water Coalition.
We are hoping this will all lead to a more level-headed policy that allows water to flow to human use instead of to the ocean.
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