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Modesto, Turlock irrigation districts in talks over La Grange dam; more water for salmon

Coalition response…Some federal agencies have been calling for years for more water as the only way to boost salmon numbers. Well, it hasn’t worked and they are still clamoring for more water from cities and farmers. To cast aside suggestions by water districts that call for enhanced streambed restoration is a disservice not only to the public but also the environment. Additional suggestions called for reduced predatory fish, changing ocean fishing rules and improved hatchery practices need to be seriously considered and implemented.

Scientists from the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service have already identified poor ocean conditions—warm temperatures and reduced food supply—as the leading cause of the drop in salmon numbers. Isn’t it time we listen to the scientists and start seeking real answers that will result in benefits that we can all enjoy?

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