Over 87% going to the ocean and 11% going to farms and people, and yet it's still not enough for the fish.
Oct 05, 2017
Here it is: One full year of water numbers showing what was saved and what was not. 54,908,800AF of water flowed into the Delta. The state and federal pumps captured and stored 11.51% or 6,318,500AF. 87.5%, or 48,037,700AF of freshwater became saltwater. - Kristi Diener
Despite these numbers, the NRDC says too much water was pumped to farms and cities. As they put it, the "San Francisco Bay-Delta gets Trumped." Look at the numbers again, over 87% going to the ocean and 11% going to farms and people, and yet it's still not enough for the fish. It's never enough!
The NRDC complains the "Trump Administration gave them more, by weakening scientifically-justified fall outflow requirements for native fish that are perched on the knife’s edge of extinction." We remind you that when delta water bureaucrats had to go before Judge Oliver Wanger to justify their scientific water calculations for the smelt, "Judge Wanger found...that the manager in charge of federal delta smelt regulatory measures was "that of a zealot," making her "unworthy of belief." He expressed sadness and "remorse for our justice system for what has been placed before the Court." The court concluded its hearing by finding that, as a whole, the federal agencies in this case are "unworthy of their public trust."
That's how their 'scientifically-justified outflow requirements' played in a court of law. And remember, water agencies are only requesting an additional 400,000 af of water. That's less than 1% additional water.