Stand Up for Our Fishing Heritage!
The Sacramento River salmon runs are an irreplaceable gift of nature, providing thousands of family wage jobs to both sport and commercial fishing businesses, millions of pounds of delicious food, and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity for West Coast communities each year. Unfortunately, Sacramento salmon have suffered a devastating collapse in recent years, largely driven by bad decisions about water use in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and river system. These water use decisions – unfairly favoring water exporters – have sacrificed salmon populations as well as the jobs and prosperity of salmon-dependent communities.
Fortunately, in 2009 federal agencies implemented science-based plans to restore the Delta’s struggling fish. Unfortunately, these measures, known as “biological opinions,” are under intense attack by water exporters.
Please help bring back jobs and prosperity to our fishing communities by contacting Senator Feinstein and Senator Boxer if you live in California, and contacting Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley if you live in Oregon.
*Urge your Senators to actively support the 2009 federal salmon restoration plan to rebuild our Sacramento stocks to the healthy levels.
*Tell them you strongly support the parts of the salmon rebuilding plan aimed at reducing baby salmon deaths in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the parts aimed at keeping the northern Sacramento River salmon spawning beds cool in the fall so that the salmon eggs don’t die.
*Let them know that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) should not be weakened to allow for increased Delta exports for agribusiness interests and billionaire water brokers.
*Tell them that there are better ways to solve California’s water needs including conservation, water recycling, and restoration of flood plains for underground water storage in the Central Valley.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) can be contacted at:
Washington Office – (202) 224-3841
San Francisco Office – (415) 393-0707
Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) can be contacted at:
Washington Office – (202) 224-3553
San Francisco Office – (415) 403-0100
Senator Ron Wyden (OR) can be contacted at:
Washington Office – (202) 224-5244
Portland Office – (503) 326-7525
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR) can be contacted at:
Washington Office – (202) 224-3753
Portland Office – (503) 326-3386
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