California has a long history of oversubscribing its fresh water for human use, and the resulting harms from this mismanagement are glaring: Many salmon runs and other native fish populations in the Sacramento River and Bay-Delta are near collapse.
But while scientists are calling for increasing flows through the delta to help recover imperiled fish runs, Gov. Brown and state and federal agencies are promoting the opposite: moving forward with the infamous Delta Tunnels project.
The so-called "California WaterFix" would build massive water diversion tunnels, secure the current overpumping of the delta and create the largest transfer of public wealth to private resources in state history. Taxpayers will bear the costs of the estimated $60 billion project. And despite the propaganda, the project won't produce more water, create more reliable supplies or help wildlife. The project ignores alternatives such as water efficiency, recycling and groundwater recharge.
October 3, 2015 Action Alert ID# 281
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