Laura King Moon: Correcting salmon commentary's inaccuracies
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#1 Apr 19, 2010
If you post your facts selectively, you get this kind of correction. Too bad she did not mention the 2010 Academy of Sciences report saying the pumps need to be curtailed as they are killing too many salmon.
A canal is not sensible, what is sensible is telling the south to get their own water, and quit taking it from the north.
#2 Apr 19, 2010
To Richard Smith: No, the Academy of Sciences report did not say the pumps need to be curtailed. It said, based on the science available that the actions taken were "justifiable." The report also said there is a lack of science on the other stressors causing the fish decline. The Academy has initiated its own study on these additional stressors, like hungry striped bass that eat salmon juveniles as they pass through the Delta, and expects to release its study next year. Mike Wade/California Farm Water Coalition
#3 Apr 19, 2010
It is refreshing to view a presentation of facts as it relates to the current water issue confronting both the farming and fishing industries. It is important that we allow the science that provides the facts to guide the discussion and the eventual decisions as to how best manage California's water supplies. Mike Wade/California Farm Water Coalition
#4 Apr 20, 2010
Not to discount all of the stressors on salmon but the problem that needs to be fixed first is the AMOUNT of water diverted and exported from the delta. The pumps surely kill fish but it is the RESULT of the pumping that needs to finally be addressed. Too much water is being removed from the ecosystem which compounds all the other problems (temperature, pollution, invasive species, drought, etc.) In the early 1990's an average of 4.5 million acre ft was exported from the delta annually. By 2006, exports had risen to 6.5 million acre ft annually. The Salmon Fishery has been closely regulated for decades. The returning fish are counted annually and seasons adjusted accordingly. We've always dealt with changing ocean conditions, etc. We have never had to deal with the unsustainable amounts of water being removed from the fragile estuary that the fish depend on. Fish can't swim in paper water although speculators like to issue "environmental" I.O.U.s.
#5 Apr 20, 2010
Wow, there ARE some people with common sense out there! How refreshing.
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