In summary

Farmers have spent hundreds of millions over the last decade on scientific research showing us better ways to protect fish.

By Mike Wade

Mike Wade is the executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition.

Re “State water board must act to protect the Bay-Delta and California’s fishing industry”; Reader Reaction, May 20, 2020

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In his response, Rick Frank states that, “A scientifically credible, negotiated agreement involving flow standards and habitat restoration would be desirable.” As the alternative is more one-size-fits-all government regulation that hasn’t worked in a decade, we agree. 

Frank goes on to say what’s needed is, “for water users to commit additional water, funding and habitat restoration.” That, and much more, has already been done.

Farmers have spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade on scientific research showing us better ways to protect fish. Based on that research farmers have committed additional water at the time science says fish need it most, as well as ongoing funding for habitat restoration, predator control and more.

We have tools at hand to make our water supply more reliable for all Californians as well as protect the environment. Maybe it’s time Frank and the state of California take “yes” for an answer.

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Mike Wade is the executive director of the California Farm Water Coalition.

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