Bill to eliminate science-based protections for salmon
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote this week on a bill that would eliminate science-based protections for salmon and other endangered species in California's Bay-Delta, one of our nation's most threatened ecosystems. Email your member of Congress and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 1837. This bill would force California to halt implementation of a bipartisan water policy package and require it to enact outdated standards set nearly 20 years ago--at the expense of fish, wildlife, and human communities in the Sacramento Bay-Delta Estuary. It would strip away 150 years of water rights law and protections in California and reverse more than a century of Congressional deference to state water laws whenever possible. Simply put, it intentionally undermines decades of effort to find solutions to the many challenges facing the Bay-Delta. Contact your member of Congress and urge that they oppose H.R. 1837 when it comes to the House floor this week. The Bay-Delta is one of North America's most important biodiversity hotspots. It provides critical habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and marsh birds, in addition to hundreds of species of fish, mammals, and plants, many of which are either threatened or endangered. If passed, essential water supplies would be diverted to benefit big money special interests--increasing the already massive number of fish kills at diversion sites. Please email your member of Congress today. This bill will likely come to the House floor on Wednesday and they need to hear from you. Thank you for your support for wildlife and wild places.