Brian German, Ag Net West
The State Water Resources Control Board released a plan to help restore salmon migration by increasing the amount of water flowing through the Lower San Joaquin River and Southern Delta. That water would come at the expense of agricultural producers who depend on those tributaries to irrigate crops.
Salmon Migration“We’re really talking about pulling water out of the hands of longtime users in pursuit of fishery goals that, you know, may be questionable,” said Chris Scheuring, an environmental attorney with the California Farm Bureau Federation. “Agriculture and urban users have long pursued a trajectory of a more efficient use of water…we’ve certainly got to do that with fishery’s goals too. We just can’t throw water at the problem anymore.”