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Toxic Polluted Sewage & Salmon

As these same Bay-Area cities take more fresh water out of the system each year they dump more and more pollution into the Bay-Delta and blame others for fish kills.

Oct 25, 2013

Russ Waymire is one of our board members at Families Protecting the Valley. He was one of the primary forces behind our flyer 'The Great Delta Toilet Bowl' that we sent to over 600,000 people around the Delta and lawmakers in Washington D.C. Today's commentary is from Russ:


In 2007 migrating salmon were killed when they swam into a plume of toxic polluted sewage where Stockton dumps their toxic polluted sewage into the Delta. On occasion they spill raw sewage into the Delta.

 

When they discovered the 2007 salmon kill they immediately blamed Central Valley farm water exports and cut off deliveries of allocated water that was stored and available. This set a higher precedence of blame on us and allowed the politicians to ignore how it is the Bay Area cities who have a major responsibility for destroying the Delta and the Delta ecosystem.


While Delta fish populations are in decline, is it because of the increased supply of fresh water flows that the dams we are paying for provide?


Or is it the increased polluted sewage and toxic urban water runoff causing the majority of the problems combined with Bay-Area cities diverting more and more water upstream and around the Delta?


Peer reviewed scientific studies have proven Bay-Area cities polluted Sewage and toxic uncontrolled toxic urban run-off are a major contributor.


As these same Bay-Area cities take more fresh water out of the system each year they dump more and more pollution into the Bay-Delta and blame others for fish kills.


Has the debate moved away from these facts and back to the old blame game? Are we really the ones destroying the Delta?


They blame us while falsely claiming we are taking more and more water.


In fact we have a contract for a finite amount of contracted water. It has never been increased. In fact, our water contracts have repeatedly been reduced. Two major examples: the 1992 CVPIA cost us immediately over 1.2 million acre feet, and the Jim Costa-Feinstein-Obama 2009 San Joaquin River Settlement that will cost us millions of acre feet. On top of all this we have suffered additional reduced deliveries and water cut-offs for sewage-killed migrating fish and/or delta fish species inability to reproduce in the toxic environment in the Delta.


You would think we were flushing our toilets directly into the Delta…How can the Central Valley farmers be responsible for that?


And you can use my message and my name as a response to some of these claims…I’m tired of it.


Russ Waymire

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