Thursday, January 7, 2010

Delta's health not improving

According to this report in the CoCo Times, the Delta's health is only worsening.

The quick recap is that fish population in the Delta — including striped bass, shad and, of course, the often-reviled Delta smelt — is at all-time low levels. This indicates that there's something, possibly many things, not right in our local waterways. (Not that that's a newsflash or anything.)

The guessed culprits are familiar: Fresh water being sucked out or dammed out of the Delta; salt and other contaminants being dumped in the Delta; invasive species taking food and habitat from native species.

And the Sacramento-supported solution for this collapsing ecosystem is to export fresh, life-giving water around it? Sigh.

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