Protesters voice displeasure with Bureau of Reclamation water releases

May 12, 2015 5:34 PM by News Staff

Dozens of protesters were at Shasta Dam Monday to voice their displeasure with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's decision to release more than 2 billion gallons of water into Clear Creek for the benefit of the Chinook Salmon migration.

Picketers who turned up for Monday morning's rally at Shasta Dam say they're outraged by the decision to cut agricultural water use, while preparing to send billions of gallons down Clear Creek to help salmon spawn.

The message was clear "don't put fish before people." Irwin Fust, the Vice Chair of Clear Creek Community Services, says during an exceptional drought, water should be treated like gold.

The Bureau of Reclamation says it's taking orders from the National Marine Fishery Service and the bureau has been conducting pulse flows to clear the creek twice a year since 2003. In 2009 the pulse flows became mandated after biological research determined the practice was helping Chinook Salmon.

Protestors believe the bureau can in fact stop the flows, and if they aren't successful this year, they vow to return in 2016.

This year's first pulse flow will start Monday May 18 and the second is expected sometime in mid-June.


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