Endangered Species Act makes drought worse

Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Re “Drought is nature telling us to get serious on saving Delta ” (Viewpoints, Jan. 16): We agree with David Hayes' viewpoint that California is in a drought, but to claim that the Endangered Species Act is not affecting this year's water supply is unbelievable. The ESA just one year ago stopped the export of 815,000 acre-feet of water that ultimately went out to the ocean with no measurable environmental benefit. That water could be used today to help urban communities and farmers cope with this year's actual drought. Congress may not be able to make it rain, but it certainly has the power - and has used it freely - to govern how water supplies are allowed to be managed for people and the environment.

-- Mike Wade, Sacramento, California Farm Water Coalition, Sacramento

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