April 09, 2024


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Newsom's continuing advocacy for unsustainable water projects has been, and will continue to be, disastrous for California's long-term future. More than 50 years ago, California's major water projects had already "replumbed" the state's vital freshwater systems for the sake of corporate agriculture and overpopulated urban areas. Then more of the same was sought and, in many cases, implemented. Under liberal darlings Brown and Newsom, such projects as the peripheral tunnels (spitting in the face of Californians who voted against the peripheral canal); a delta plan that ignores the interests of locals (farming, fishing, recreation) and the remaining, dwindling natural values (aquatic ecosystems) and resources (anadromous and other fishes, marshes, flood plain) for the sake of growers of giant monocultures in the San Joaquin Valley; the climate-change denying Sites Dam project---as if another landscape needs to be drowned for the sake of a giant artificial evaporation pond (reference the San Luis Reservoir)---have all been pushed for the blindered, short-term, hoped-for economic sake of a few at the future expense of all of us. And all these politically driven, propaganda-manipulated, nature-defying, tax-subsidized projects at a time when taking down dams and trying to reverse river and watershed damage (Klamath River, Shasta River, Scott River, Tuolumne River, Mattole River, Mono Lake, Elwha River in Washington, etc.) are finally providing a few glimmers of hope and possibility for a somewhat restored, more sustainable, natural freshwater future.

California Water Research brings up a point that, if not corrected, may cause salmon to lose the streams they need to spawn and survive:


"Governor Newsom’s new salmon strategy breathlessly commits to the following:

'By 2025, begin to use biological indicators,referred to as biological goals, to inform decision making during implementation of the updated Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. (SWRCB).'

... One cannot zero-base adaptive management in the Delta every time there is an update to the Bay-Delta Quality Control Plan. Any new biological goals and objectives should be seen as a continuation of the commitments in the CALFED Record of Decision, which was signed in 2000 by state and federal agencies and runs through 2030."

What are you waiting for: salmon to go extinct?


The megadrought in the West is a time of reckoning for farmers. In an August 5, 2022 Op Ed in the Arizona Republic, Joanna Allhands wrote

The West must rethink farming to save it....

California is in a better position than western desert states, because some areas of the state have adequate rainfall....

Thanks for posting this. Salmon are at 10% of historic levels, and this drought might take them out.

SPAWN, baby, spawn!

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