Fish versus people?

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 - 2:08 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 - 8:53 am

Re "A water bond seems within reach, if no side overreaches" (Editorial, Aug. 12): We live in a state where all of our rivers have at least one dam. We want to improve the quality of our water. Like the canary in the mine, our Chinook salmon is a keystone species reflecting the quality of our rivers and streams.

Rather than Temperance Flat, which loses hydroelectric plants upstream or Sites Reservoir which requires pumps to fill, we should be paying attention to our watershed habitats. The score according to Lynn Ingram's "The West Without Water": of 129 native fish species, 37 percent are threatened, and 40 percent are declining. Plus, don't forget we need to stop over-drafting our aquifers.

-- John Wallis McKean, Woodland

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