Here’s the fallacy; for years, U.S. hydrologic modeling (as part of environmental assessment review) is obligated to encode specific priorities. In virtually all cases, environmental requirements trump all others. In other words, the ‘environment’ is always protected first. Instream metrics for habitat flows, pulse flows, attraction flows, water temperature, etc. are met, before other user needs are incorporated into modeling. For obvious reasons, this raises concerns. I am not sure that the ‘environment’ should be given a blanket pass, before ANY other user group; especially when the effectiveness of environmental restoration and species recovery has been so poor. The fact that this has been occurring for at least the past 35-years is remarkable. Repealing key environmental regulation is not the answer, but there has to be greater accountability.