PLF launches campaign to save California wildlife from feds’ water cutoffs
New public information outreach will highlight the ‘scandalous irony’ of how feds’ Delta smelt ‘protection’ scheme is harming other species
From the Pacific Legal Foundation:
“Stop Starving Farms and Wildlife” is the theme of a public information campaign that Pacific Legal Foundation launched today, to highlight how federally decreed water reductions in the San Joaquin Valley are victimizing federally protected species.
Over the past seven years, federal environmental officials have ordered a sharp curtailment in the operation of the state and federal water projects in California. In a strategy to help two species on the Endangered Species Act list — the Delta smelt and salmon in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — officials have imposed draconian reductions on water deliveries to the agricultural heartland of the San Joaquin Valley, and to tens of millions of urban water users in Southern California.
This policy has been widely criticized for its harmful economic consequences and questionable effectiveness (the smelt, for example, has kept declining nearly to the point of disappearing).
However, there has been comparatively little discussion of another damaging dimension — the peril that the policy creates for other species that are supposed to be protected by the federal government under the Endangered Species Act.
Obama Administration Asked to Kill Delta Tunnels Plan
Financial and environmental “nightmare” would become his legacy
From Restore the Delta:
On Monday, a coalition of California fishing, conservation, and public interest groups sent a letter to the Obama Administration today explaining why the Delta Tunnels (California WaterFix) proposal should be terminated before the end of President Obama’s Administration.
The groups call the Delta Tunnels proposal “Classic Corporate Welfare Public Subsidy” explaining that:
Every day people would be forking over their hard-earned tax dollars to very wealthy special interests to subsidize the Water Tunnels. And, there will be a disparate impact on low-income communities, both rural and urban, that will bear a disproportional burden through higher water costs for this project.
The coalition shows how the costs exceed the benefits by 4 to 1, and that the $17 Billion projected budget is absurdly low:
President Obama has established a legacy of honesty, scientific integrity and commitment to conservation and protection of our natural resources. The Water Fix project needs to be terminated at this time. It is neither right nor fair that President Obama’s legacy and administration be tarnished in the future with blame for fraudulently inflicting this financial and environmental nightmare on the honest and hard-working taxpayers and ratepayers of America and California.
The letter explains how the Obama Administration will be blamed, if they do not terminate the project:
The California Water Fix– Delta Water Tunnels– represent a financial as well as an environmental nightmare. This administration should terminate this project. Otherwise, down the road, when the obvious financial and environmental catastrophe is recognized by all, the blame will be placed on this administration. The excuse can be foreseen now. “We inherited the Water Fix from the previous administration and presumed that they knew what they were doing and had fully evaluated the project in good faith when they determined it should go forward.”
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