San Francisco’s water conservation can flow to salmon

By Robyn Purchia : sfexaminer – excerpt

California’s untouched beaches is within easy reach until it isn’t photo by zrants

San Francisco’s commercial salmon season opened last week, but feasting on the fatty fish is still an upstream battle for many San Franciscans.

Already-low populations of salmon were further decimated by the drought in 2015. This means smaller catches for local fishermen and higher prices this season for The City’s consumers.

“The fishery we see today is based on what happened three years ago,” explained Glen Spain of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations. “Too much water got taken out of the rivers for too long, and the situation was exacerbated by drought. Right now, salmon habitats are miserable.”.

Conditions could improve. This summer, the state may finalize its proposal to increase water flow in the San Joaquin River’s tributaries: the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers. According to the state, the recommended flow will improve conditions for salmon and other wildlife and still provide enough drinking and irrigation water.

But the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission disagrees. Approximately 85 percent of The City’s supply comes from the Hetch Hetchy watershed, which collects water from the Tuolumne River. The SFPUC is concerned the state’s proposal would put The City in a precarious position.

While the SFPUC’s concern is understandable, it may also be unwarranted. Regional demand for water has declined remarkably over the past 10 years. Protecting salmon isn’t perilous for San Franciscans, even in times of drought. Our conservation efforts should benefit California’s rivers and the wildlife they support… (more)

State regulatory agencies are mandating conservation as they force upzoning and “sharing” on citizens, to convince people to live with less.

 

Many residents want to consider setting capacity levels and live within our means, but so far our government is not getting the message.

 

If you are concerned about quality of life and support addressing capacity levels, we suggest you vote NO on RM3 to send a message to the local authorities, and support candidates who are willing to consider a change in the forced density program.

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