Point Of View: Water Pulse

It shouldn't be news to anyone that we are in the midst of a serious drought.

And in this serious drought, "people" should have priority over saving a few fish.

But apparently, the Federal Government does not think so.

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On March 24th of this year, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, the federal Government ordered a release of 5 billion gallons of water sent down the Stanislaus River, which eventually emptied into the ocean.

The purpose of this release or "pulse" as it's called, was to raise the level of the river, so 23 steelhead trout could spawn.

So, in effect, just to allow 23 adult fish to possibly mate, water was wasted that could have supplied 150,000 Californians -- for a year.

On April 10th, the Feds sent another 5 billion gallon pulse of water (enough water for another 150,000 Californians) down the Stanislaus, for the purpose of helping six steelhead trout reach the ocean and eventually return upriver to spawn.

It all just seems unbelievable.

In this terrible drought situation California finds itself in, it seems incredible to waste this massive amount of precious water.

It deifies common sense.

Billions of gallons of water being flushed to the sea.

This unfortunately is not the only example.

Pulse flows are being ordered under the Endangered Species Act in many other parts of the state.

Governor Brown, how could you allow this to happen?

Couldn't you have gone to President Obama and requested he begin the process to modify or suspend the Endangered Species Act during this catastrophic drought?

It's hard to ask Californians to save water –

when government is wasting it so needlessly.


Thanks for listening.

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Kevin T. Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

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