Dead Salmon: "What Trump’s Hidden Report On Water Means To California"

"Federal scientists pulled no punches in their report: The Trump administration’s plan to send more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers would force critically endangered California salmon even closer to extinction, and starve a struggling population of West Coast killer whales.

But the scientists’ findings weren’t adopted, nor were they released to the public.

Instead, two days after scientists passed their findings on to the Trump administration on July 1, his officials responded by calling in a strike team to redo the 1,123-page report, documents and emails show.

Environmentalists and salmon fishing groups call it a clear-cut attempt by the Trump administration to whitewash science in order to crank up water deliveries to a group of well-heeled farmers who used to have a top Trump administration official on their payroll — a charge the administration denies."

Ryan Sabalow reports for the Sacramento Bee August 21, 2019.


"A Report Shows Trump’s Water Plan Would Hurt California Salmon. The Government Hid It" (Los Angeles Times)

"Biological Opinion for the Long-Term Operation of the CVP and SWP" (NMFS)

Source: Sacramento Bee, 08/26/2019