Changes to the way California manages its water delivery system are in the works, including options that avoid central pumps at the south end of the Sacramento Delta, known to harm fish. The plan is to make improvements not only to the pumping system, but also to establish habitat where aquatic and land animals can recover. At a Northern Sacramento Valley Water Forum held in Chico Wednesday, experts discussed the status of the process, with about 100 people in attendance.
Chuck Hanson, a fish biology expert witness, has written more that 75 scientific reports and called as an expert witness for state and federal court cases. Hanson displayed graphs that showed that in the last decade many fish species have declined dramatically. “The message is that what we’re doing isn’t working,” Hanson said.
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