From Record Searchlight - Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011
Coalition response...It's pretty easy to understand the cause of dropping salmon numbers when one realizes that in recent years the striped bass population has increased while the salmon numbers have declined. Studies have also pointed to the number of salmon salvaged at the Delta pumps are significantly less than the numbers lost to predation. Other factors impacting the salmon decline include disappearing habitat and food supply caused by wastewater discharges into the waterways from Delta area cities. Any attempt to single out pumping as the leading cause for a dwindling salmon population is simply wrong.
While JD Richey may now claim that pumping is a root cause of the salmon's woes, in March 2009 he wrote in Western Outdoor Magazine: "The peak of the baby salmon's downstream journey corresponds with the spring spawning run of striped bass. Somewhere along the line the two crash headlong into one another. It's a one-sided blood bath, and when the spray and foam settles, the stripers emerge fat and happy while the Chinook suffer heavy losses." You can read the full article here: www.farmwater.org/striperseatsalmonsmolt.pdf
The article further explains, "The whole key to this game is to find areas where stripers can easily pick off salmon as thy move downstream."
There are multiple problems affecting the health of the Delta. A successful solution will look honestly at all of them and address them as needed.
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