And by partially I mean that it did destroy the jobs & farmland and raised food prices. But it didn’t help the fish. This was a stupid plan even if it would have helped the fish, but it is crime-of-the-decade stupid for causing nothing but destruction. When will we learn not to trust the Greens?
The green lobby assured everyone it knew what it was doing when it got a judge to cut water to Central Valley farmers to save the delta smelt. But while the Valley economy is now ruined, it hasn’t helped the smelt.
Some day, environmental radicals will be held accountable for crimes against the ecosystem — the human ecosystem.
Back in 2007, they convinced federal Judge Oliver Wanger to rule that the Endangered Species Act gave the federal government the right to cut water to thousands of farmers in California’s Central Valley to protect a 3-inch baitfish called the delta smelt.
That ruling turned many of the Valley’s prized vineyards and almond groves into wastelands. Jobs were lost, family farms were shut, fields went fallow and food prices rose.
But there’s been just one problem with this overreaching of the law: Cutting off water didn’t save the smelt.
A draft of a new study from the Delta Stewardship Council shows the water cutoffs had no effect on the smelt. The smelt remains endangered even as farmers have been punished with a policy that cut off as much as 90% of their water.