California Water & Federal Law
Even though lower courts rule in favor of farmers when it comes to the Endangered Species Act, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns them in favor of the fish.
Dec 30, 2014
"I believe we can and must provide more operational flexibility in California's water system," she wrote, adding, however, that the state can "move water without waiving environmental laws." - Dianne Feinstein
We might not need to waive environmental laws, but we need to do something about them. Even though lower courts rule in favor of farmers when it comes to the Endangered Species Act, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns them in favor of the fish.
As the news release from the NRDC says, "“Today’s decision doesn’t change operations in the Delta, but instead confirms that these protections are based on the best available science and comply with the law."
The courts will not change pumping operations in the Delta. Dianne Feinstein has to stop saying she won't change the law. If the law isn't changed, the courts will continue to rule they way they have. We need to give them a law they can't misinterpret. Until then it's all talk.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ninth Circuit Court Upholds Protections for California’s Endangered Salmon
Decision Protects Salmon and Steelhead and the Thousands of Jobs that Depend on a Healthy Fishery
The opinion fully upholds the Endangered Species Act protections for endangered and threatened salmon and steelhead in California. The Marine Fisheries Service’s 2009 biological opinion determined that the proposed operations of the Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation’s Central Valley Project and California’s State Water Project would jeopardize several runs of salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon, and required the water projects to change the way they pump water out of rivers.
Following is a statement from Kate Poole, Litigation Director of NRDC’s Water Program:
“Thousands of people rely on California’s salmon runs to support themselves and their families. Chinook salmon and steelhead are on the brink of extinction, and this ruling is critical for their continued survival.
“Today’s decision doesn’t change operations in the Delta, but instead confirms that these protections are based on the best available science and comply with the law. It’s a great win for our fishermen and these truly magnificent fish.
“Endangered Species Act Protections are in place for a reason. And despite California’s severe drought and demands on our limited water supplies, we need to remember that by being good stewards of our waterways, we ensure there will be enough water to go around for all of us in the long run.”
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