[env-trinity] Modesto Bee 1 14 10

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Thu Jan 14 14:00:02 PST 2010

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010

'Two Gates' proposal for delta is put on shelf

The Associated Press 

FRESNO - A plan to place two removable gates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
Delta to keep threatened fish from getting killed by water pumps has been
put off - indefinitely.

San Joaquin Valley farmers favored the "Two Gates" proposal as a temporary
solution to the water crisis hitting the state and slowing deliveries from
the freshwater estuary.

Years of drought, coupled with environmental restrictions on pumping, have
forced farmers to idle thousands of acres and contributed to the collapse of
the commercial salmon fishing industry. 

Department of Interior officials say the project had to be put off so
experts could review the science underpinning the project, which was aimed
at protecting a native fish called the delta smelt. 


Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land/fax (call first to fax)

415 519 4810 mobile

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