Members of Congress with ties to agriculture special interests are pushing a water bill that includes provisions designed to gut the Endangered Species Act and overturn decades of negotiations among broad stakeholders.
This bill is rehashing outdated ideas that don’t reflect the views of most Californians. It is a shameless attempt to use the suffering of people who are trying to cope with the impacts of California’s drought as an excuse to waive environmental laws.
With support from activists like you, we stopped a similar bill two years ago. Now we need your help to stop this one before it rolls back protections for our rivers and clean water.
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To: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate
Stop rushing water bills to the floor for voting so that the public won’t have the opportunity to see how bad they really are. We can't afford to substitute the judgment of a handful of members of Congress and their supporters in agribusiness for the hundreds of scientists who have spent decades conducting the research necessary to develop water policy for California that balances the needs of both fish and farmers.
The Endangered Species Act did not cause California’s drought, and eliminating the environmental protections for salmon and the Bay-Delta ecosystem won’t make it rain. Don't use the suffering of people who are trying to cope with the impacts of California’s drought as an excuse to waive environmental laws. Congress should instead focus on providing relief to drought-stricken communities and invest in long-term conservation and efficiency measures that could help prevent future droughts from being as severe.
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