The fate of wild salmon in California is destined to be determined by the political posturing that takes place deep in the weeds. It’s easy to get lost in the weeds because every issue related to salmon is complex.
Most people have little time in their busy life to keep up with the details of who is pushing what and how a particular piece of legislation or court challenge will impact them. In the case of the effort to fix the most important ecosystem in California, the broken San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, the stakes are particularly important.
This video looks at the BDCP (Bay Delta Conservation Plan) and highlights the voices of the biggest and most powerful players in the efforts that are railroading salmon. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Westlands Water District on the west side of the Central Valley have managed to inject their agenda into the process so seriously that the fate of wild salmon are critically threatened. The voices that represent farm water advocates will look at this video and proclaim again that anyone who disagrees with their position is an “objectionist” and that if the opposition get their way, “that would all but guarantee that California and its citizens have less water in the future” (a quote from the California Farm Water Coalition website).
So at the risk of being labeled an “objectionist”, Salmon Water Now points out that there is only so much water to go around and all of it has been spoken for. Railroaded Salmon is yet another look at the way the BDCP is going. It’s a reminder that those who care about developing a rational, fair, and effective water future for California need to stay informed and involved.