Stop Feinstein From Scrapping the Endangered Species Act
The magnificent San Francisco Bay and Sacramento River Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast of North America and the source of the California salmon fishery, which provides thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of income for fishermen. Tragically, one of the nation's most important ecosystems is collapsing, endangering salmon populations. According to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, California's once abundant salmon runs reached an all-time record low in 2009.
Unfortunately, water users are putting heavy pressure on Senator Feinstein to introduce legislation to waive Endangered Species Act protections to these endangered fisheries, which could have disastrous consequences for California's iconic salmon fishery and species such as the delta smelt, Sacramento splittail, and green sturgeon. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Senator Feinstein is attempting to attach language to the Senate jobs bill that would "divert Northern California water to Central Valley farmers." Ironically, such a move could potentially force the closure of the salmon fishery, causing long-term job losses and economic damage.
If you are from California, please urge your senators not to sponsor legislation restricting Endangered Species Act protections to California's Bay-Delta ecosystem and fisheries.