Massive water-diverting Delta tunnels approved by Southern California water agency
Damage to salmon certain if built
On April 10 the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted to support and fund construction of two massive water diversion tunnels around the Delta. The tunnels are designed to move water from the Sacramento River for delivery to the western San Joaquin Valley and southern California urban areas. This will rob the Delta of river flows needed to deliver baby salmon to the bay and flush toxins like blue-green algae. If built, the tunnels will kill salmon and turn the downstream Delta into a stagnant cesspool.
GGSA and allies are already in court challenging this project because federal fish experts have found the twin tunnels will be a disaster for salmon. Help GGSA defeat this salmon-killing project. Become a member here.
2018 Ocean Salmon Fishing Seasons Slashed
Fishing curtailed due to drought hangover
San Francisco — The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) has slashed ocean salmon fishing seasons for both sport and commercial salmon fishermen and women in 2018. The reduction in fishing days, announced April 10, amounts to cuts of about a third of the ocean sports fishery and over half of the commercial fishery, compared to a regular season. The drastic reductions are due to a forecast of relatively few adult Sacramento Basin fall-run salmon, which constrains the season this year. That forecast comes from the National Marine Fisheries Service based on a weighted return of subadult salmon to the Sacramento Valley in 2017.
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