Drought Relief Act Sample Letter/Email V2 (02/23.2016)

The Honorable Diane Feinstein
United State Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510

Re: “California Long-Term Provisions for Water Supply and
Short-Term Provisions for Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2016”

Dear Senator Diane Feinstein: 

I/we urge you to make the following revision to your Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2016 (S 2533):

1)    Sport fish should be removed from the invasive species list in Section 203 because they are not invasive species and because their destruction would have unacceptable legal, financial and social impacts. Striped bass, largemouth and smallmouth bass, panfish and catfish were intentionally introduced into California. The financial impact of destroying these sport fish is enormous!
2)    If you do proceed with some type of pilot program, Section 204 should have a specific requirement to protect and relocate the non-native fish captured in the Stanislaus River into the California Delta. 

These species were intentionally introduced into California to establish sport fisheries to be used by the public to provide recreation and food. Their introduction has resulted in generating millions of dollars in economic benefits to local, state and national economies.

Like salmon and steelhead, the fisheries that reside in the estuary and its Delta are held in trust by our government for the public and they must be responsibly managed.
  
Much propaganda has been used by some Central Valley water interests associated with state and federal water contractors that predation by non-native introduced sport fisheries the reason for the decline of the estuary’s salmon and steelhead. However, the peer-reviewed science does not support these assertions! Multiple peer-reviewed studies debunk this false predation theory!
  
The removal of non-native sport fish is absolutely unnecessary and unlawful. We ask that you eliminate language including these sport fish from your proposed legislation.

Thank you for your consideration,