California State Water Contractors want to be able kill more fish, sell more water to big agribusiness
The California water wars amped up today when the State Water Contractors (SWC) today filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) over the March 31 Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the long-term operation of the State Water Project (SWP).
By Dan Bacher
The Incidental Take Permit allows the state to take endangered fish species, including Delta and long fin smelt, Central Valley steelhead, winter run Chinook salmon, spring run Chinook salmon and other species, under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) during the long term operation of the State Water Project. The water contractors oppose the revised permit because they believe that it is too protective of fish species and limits water supplies.