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Coalition response…Jim Peck’s point about predators having a significant impact on endangered salmon is absolutely right. Recent studies indicate that 93 percent of salmon migrating from upstream spawning locations are eaten by bass and other fish before they ever make it to the ocean. That must stop if we are going to have any hope of resolving the Delta’s ecosystem issues. Asserting that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is just “another water grab” is not correct. The BDCP is designed to operate in a way that allows water already permitted under rights held by agricultural and urban public water agencies to move through the Delta in a way the protects endangered species. It is a comprehensive 50-year plan that addresses many factors affecting the health of the Delta and water supplies for people. An example of the flexibility that is part of the plan is this fact sheet (https://farmwater.org/exportthrottle.pdf) that describes how exports will be adjusted to accommodate different water year types.