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Media Alerts of Interest on Recent Smelt Finding & New Water Use Rules

San Jose Mercury News: 
Fate of Delta smelt sinks as numbers drop By Denis Cuff POSTED:   03/17/2015 10:41:07 PM PDT

EXCERPT: "The relaxed standards were aimed at storing water in reservoirs for a long, dry summer, but environmentalists say the emergency rule has hastened the decline of the smelt.

"Excessive water pumping by the state and federal water exporters has led to the collapse of the estuary," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta." Read San Jose Mercury News article here

East Bay Express:
California Targets Wrong Water Wasters By Robert Gammon MARCH 18, 2015

EXCERPT: "Environmentalists, however, are concerned the current record-drought conditions will only lead to dumber decisions about water. They're worried that instead of calling for the end of water-intensive farming in the desert, Governor Jerry Brown and state water officials will double-down on their plan to build two giant water tunnels underneath the delta so that it will be easier to ship Northern California water to the dry San Joaquin Valley. "They don't want to do what really needs to be done," said Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of the conservation group Restore the Delta, referring to ending water-wasting practices by Big Ag in California." Read East Bay Express article here.


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