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Legislature Approves Controversial Water Package and Budget-Busting Water Bond
Dan Bacher
Steve Evans, conservation director of Friends of the River, provides a superb analysis of the controversial water package and budget-busting water bond that the California Legislature approved in the wee hours of the morning on November 4. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger strong-armed the Legislature to pass the package to create a clear path for the construction of the peripheral canal and more dams to serve as monuments to his "manhood" and enormous ego. Unfortunately, some national environmental organizations supported this legislation, a toxic bundle filled with pork and environmental loopholes that will likely lead to the death of the largest estuary on the West Coast of the Americas. Now all of those who care about the future of the Delta and collapsing Central Valley salmon, Delta smelt, striped bass and other collapsing fish populations must mount a fierce campaign to defeat the Schwarzenegger/Steinberg water bond when it goes to a vote in November. Photo: Schwarzenegger and his collaborators in the California Legislature are elated over the $11.1 billion water bond measure that was approved by the Legislature on November 4. This bond threatens to destroy the Delta and Central Valley salmon fisheries while indebting future generations for decades to come.

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