Forms for Sending The Bureau of Reclamation Salmon Mismanagement Campaign letters
The Problem: Failures and water mismanagement by The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are destroying the California Central Valley salmon. The Bureau is not only ignoring the laws that require it to double the salmon populations but it also continues to ignore the needs of salmon in the way it stores and moves water in the Central Valley. These practices are currently destroying millions of salmon eggs, fry and smolts as they attempt to migrate to the ocean. The Central Valley Project Improvement Act was signed into law in 1992. It required the Bureau to protect salmon and to double the wild populations as part of its responsibility. It has not done so. The runs have crashed. The law also created a $50 million annual fund to be used for the doubling. In recent years the Bureau has spent most of this money by funding activities that do not address the root salmon problems. The critical "on the ground" flow and habitat improvements that could bring about the doubling have not been made.
In 2011 and 2012 the Bureau destroyed 20 million eggs and fry in the Upper Sacramento River by cutting river flows after the salmon spawned leaving the eggs high and dry to rot. Further, the failure to provide the cold water that salmon need for spawning in the American River has destroyed virtually 100 percent of the wild salmon in that river. At peak 180,000 salmon returned to the American to spawn. Most of them perished because of lethal temperatures.
It's time to get mad and fight back. Our salmon resource future is at stake. We cannot take hits of this magnitude and have a viable salmon fishery. Some oif the runs are at record lows and others are just beginning to recover. A flood of letters to the Bureau, the Water Board and Congress demanding change can help turn this situation around. Fill out the form below, send the emails, send letters through the post office and ask all of your friends and associates to do the same.
(the letters to Senator Feinstein must be through the post office. She can't receive mass emails)
We sincerely thank you for your support.
The Water4Fish Board of Directors