[env-trinity] SACBEE: Folsom Lake, American River levels to hit 5-year lows
danielbacher at fishsniffer.com
Mon Jul 22 15:52:53 PDT 2013
Here is my response to the Bee piece:
Even though we're in a "drought," the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and
California Department of Water Resources are pumping water south to
corporate agribusiness and oil companies like it's the wettest water
year on record.
Keswick Dam water releases to the Sacramento River are currently
14,250 cfs, Lake Oroville releases to the Feather River are 5500 cfs
and Nimbus Dam releases to the American River are 3250 cfs.
If you drive over the Tower or Pioneer bridges on the Sacramento
River, you can clearly see that the river is bank to bank, with water
up to the trees. This pumping of water to benefit subsidized
agribusiness interests is made possible through massive water
transfers - and the violation of Delta water quality standards.
After the water is drained from northern California reservoirs and
shipped south to Stewart Resnick of Paramount Farms and other
corporate water contractors, there will be little water left for
salmon and steelhead spawning this fall and winter. Salmon,
steelhead, family farmers, fishermen, Indian Tribes and northern
California residents are being ripped off to benefit a few wealthy
mega-growers, the corporate welfare kings and queens of the San Joaquin.
Governor Jerry Brown is planning to make things only worse by
building the peripheral tunnels as a tainted "monument" to his "legacy."
When will the people of California stand up and say enough is enough?
Dan Bacher, Sacramento
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/22/5584513/folsom-lake-
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