[env-trinity] Salmon Water Now! Video Covers The Salmon Summit
danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Tue Apr 6 08:36:19 PDT 2010
Salmon Water Now! Video Covers The Salmon Summit
The Salmon Summit was a huge success and now you can see it in this
new Salmon Water Now! video. This is the first of a few videos that
will feature what happened at Fort Mason in San Francisco on April
1st. Future videos will show the panel discussions and media
coverage. The video is only available on Vimeo: http://www.vimeo.com/
The Salmon Summit: Listen to Us!
by Dan Bacher
Commercial salmon fishermen, recreational anglers and business owners
who have been devastated by more than two years of no salmon fishing
came from throughout California and Oregon on a beautiful spring day
to participate in the Salmon Summit at Fort Mason in San Francisco on
April 1. More than 500 men, women, and children showed up to demand
that the state and federal governments take action to restore
collapsing populations of salmon, according to Bruce Tokars of Salmon
"They came to tell representatives from Congress and Sacramento that
it is time to make what is wrong, right again," said Tokars."The
message was clear: Junior water rights holders on the West side of
the Central Valley must be stopped from taking river and Delta water
needed by salmon."
The once robust runs of fall, winter and spring run Chinook salmon
are on the edge of extinction because of abysmal water management and
the political pressures of Westlands Water District, agribusiness
tycoon Stewart Resnick, owner of Paramount Farms, and their powerful
friends in Congress and Sacramento.
"The Salmon Summit's overflow crowd came to say it is way past time
for salmon to get the water they need to spawn and ensure that they
have healthy rivers and a healthy Delta so the fish can reproduce and
get out to sea to live their lives," said Tokars.
Over the past year, corporate agribusiness, Southern California water
agencies and water privateers have launched unprecedented attacks on
the federal plans (biological opinions) protecting Delta smelt,
Sacramento River Chinook salmon, Central Valley steelhead, green
sturgeon and southern resident killer whales.
These corporate water interests are collaborating with Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Central Valley
Representatives and California Legislators to build a peripheral
canal and new dams and to pass an $11.1 billion water bond in
November. The peripheral canal/tunnel fiasco would cost anywhere from
$23 to $53.8 billion at a time of unprecedented economic crisis in
California - and is likely to push Central Valley salmon and Delta
fish species over the edge of extinction.
The battle to restore Central Valley salmon populations is a conflict
between the people and a handful of greedy corporate agribusiness
owners. Unfortunately, servants of agribusiness such as
Representative Jim Costa (D-Fresno) are falsely portraying the
conflict as one between "radical environmentalists and family
farmers," even though there is no basis whatsoever to this bizarre
To see the forces that we're up against, read Costa's blistering
missive on http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/nov05election/detail?
entry_id=60623. "We have stood up to the bully tactics of extreme
environmentalists whose agenda ignores our families and our futures,"
claimed Costa, who appears to be competing with agribusiness puppet
Representative Devin Nunes (R-Visalia) in his histrionic rhetoric.
"We've made progress. More water will flow to our Valley and George
Miller doesn't like it."
This is the first of several videos documenting this historic event.
I urge you to watch this excellent video and circulate the web link
Here is the link to the new video: http://www.vimeo.com/10663392
For more information, go to Salmon Water Now!, http://
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