Today’s GOP Kangaroo Court on California Salmon in Tulare is Heartbreaking

For Immediate Release:  4/11/23

Contact: Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, Restore the Delta, 209-479-2053,

Stockton, CA – Today Reps. Calvert and Valadao are holding a media event in Tulare to launch two federal bills designed for a salmon extinction with the stated intent of opening water spigots for Big Ag forever.

H.R. 872 (Calvert)

Strips the National Marine Fisheries Service of its authority to protect salmon and other anadromous species under the ESA.

H.R. 215 (Valadao): 

Authorizes and directs the enlargement of Shasta Dam, which would destroy Native American sacred sites, harm fish and wildlife, and violate State law.
Prohibits the United States from reinitiating consultation on Central Valley Project and State Water Project operations for 7 years in an effort to lock in place the Trump Administration’s unlawful biological opinion on Delta flows.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore the Delta said:
“The science is clear. California salmon are in trouble because we are not allowing enough water to flow through our rivers and Bay-Delta when it is most needed by fish. 
It’s really heartbreaking to watch California congressmen introduce federal bills that undermine protections for salmon. This is just another water grab on behalf of venture capital farmers who make generous political donations.
Real California representatives would work to strengthen protections for salmon, and Tribes, and the North Coast communities that depend on salmon.”

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