FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(San Francisco–March 19, 2010) Environmental Defense Fund praised the National Academy of Sciences for issuing a report today validating the biological opinions that led to management actions last year to save salmon and other endangered fish, which reduced water deliveries to some farmers in the Central Valley.
"The National Academy of Sciences report clearly validates the biological opinions," said Ann Hayden, EDF Senior Water Resource Analyst and a member of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan steering committee. "It's time to stop pitting the economic interests of farmers against fishermen and move forward to find solutions. We have pushed the Bay-Delta system to brink of collapse, and saving it—and the jobs that depend on it—is going to require increased cooperation among all interests."
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