Hatchery evacuation the result of water mismanagement

Published: Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014 - 9:06 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Re "Fish evacuated from American River hatcheries due to drought" (Nation/World, June 16): The evacuation of 1 million rainbow trout from the American River Fish Hatchery and 430,000 steelhead from Nimbus Fish Hatchery over concerns the water will become lethally warm puts the spotlight on the terrible government management of our water resources in a drought.

The state and federal governments drained Folsom, Oroville and Shasta reservoirs in 2013 to deliver water to corporate agribusiness interests. Folsom Lake was left at only 17 percent of capacity and 34 percent of average by January 2014. If the water had been better managed, there would have been more carryover storage in Folsom to maintain a cold water pool this year.

Rather than supporting the environmentally destructive peripheral tunnels plan, the state and federal governments should embrace the Environmental Water Caucus Responsible Exports Plan that sets a cap on water exports of 3 million acre feet, preventing the draining of Folsom and other reservoirs.

-- Daniel Bacher, Sacramento

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