The $2 million Fish
30,000 acre feet of water were flushed down the Stanislaus River in May in an effort to grow the salmon population.
Oct 20, 2015
The story below is about how the State of California and federal bureaucrats use precious water during a drought. It's about water policy. In a nutshell, 30,000 acre feet of water were flushed down the Stanislaus River in May in an effort to grow the salmon population. The water was worth $21,000,000. It saved 9 fish. Do the math. Over $2 million per fish.
California Governor Jerry Brown blames our water problems on the drought and climate change. When asked about building more dams and reservoirs he dismisses the suggestion. He also blames the recent catastrophic fires on climate change. Scientists say it's not true.
The truth is that we have numerous policy issues that need to be addressed and they could ease our drought and fire problems, but the Governor continues to get away with climate change as an excuse with the apathetic population of California. He and his environmental friends in the legislature will not change until voters make these policies dangerous for re-election. Until then, nothing will change.
The $2 Million Fish: The Result of Jerry Browns Water Policy
Governor Jerry Brown of California issued an executive this spring to deal with the drought that devastated California. It included rationing of water by consumers, removal of lawns, plus much more. However, he missed a largest reason for wasted water in the state: failed environmental policies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other laws.
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