DENHAM MOVES TO PROTECT DISTRICT WATER
The federal Environmental Protection Agency is pushing for State Water Resources Control Board to revisit its plan to increase unimpaired flows on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced rivers for the purpose of increasing the population of the endangered Chinook salmon.
In a letter sent Oct. 31 from EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to the chair of the state water board, the agency points to extensive scientific studies that indicate the Bay-Delta Plan may not achieve the board’s fish population goals....
“I’m pulling every available resource to stop the state’s dangerous water grab,” Denham said.“Both the Department of Interior and EPA have now directly weighed in against Sacramento’s plan to steal our water.”
At Denham’s request Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman submitted a letter to the state July 27 expressing serious legal concerns with the Bay-Delta plan. That followed a visit to the region at Denham’s request of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to tour impacted reservoirs. After that meeting Zinke sent an internal memo to Interior agencies on Aug. 17 requesting them to oppose the state plan....
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