Salmon need water - Sign the petition to the State Water Board
Dear Chairman Hoppin and members of the California State Water Resources Control Board:
California's unique Bay-Delta, the rivers that feed it, and the fish that depend on them, are in a state of crisis. Over half the water that historically flowed into San Francisco Bay is now diverted, while many water-use agencies are required to release very little flow for the environment, or none at all. As a result, California's once abundant salmon runs and other fisheries are in danger of extinction, the salmon fishing season has had to be closed (for the first time ever) or severely restricted in recent years, and the Bay-Delta ecosystem that supports them is on the verge of collapse.
The State Water Board's upcoming decision on whether to require increased flows from the San Joaquin River watershed is the first test of whether California will restore a balance between the needs of the Bay-Delta's endangered fish and wildlife, public trust resources, the many businesses that depend on healthy fisheries - and the other beneficial uses of water. Right now, on average, two-thirds of the natural runoff form the San Joaquin is diverted before it reaches the Delta. The Board has already determined based on the best available science that 60% of unimpaired runoff from the San Joaquin River is needed to help restore the public trust resources of the Delta ecosystem - our fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.
I urge you to protect and restore our fisheries and the Bay-Delta ecosystem by requiring San Joaquin River inflow to the Bay-Delta close to the 60% of runoff that the Board has determined would be fully protective of these precious and irreplaceable resources.
I understand that restoring freshwater flows to protect the public trust will require significant water conservation measures by all those who rely on water exports. By signing below, I promise to do my part to use less water.
I ask you to protect the public trust and ensure that all water users in the state are meeting the highest standard for efficient water use, conservation, recycling, and reuse. There is truly enough water for all, if we use this precious resource wisely.