Subordinate science

That’s what the organizational structure of Bay Delta Conservation Plan and its peripheral tunnels will do to scientist-watchdogs supposed to ensure the tunnels don’t kill the Delta.

The bureacracy subordinates staff scientists to a water agency manager. To evaluate how well water agencies have done protecting our right to a healthy Delta, just walk to the San Joaquin River. Water agencies fail to balance the needs of Big Ag with the public’s right to health waterways. They’ll overrule scientists who protest excessive exports are harming the estuary.

Science, not politics, not profit, has to be the primary governing ethos of the Delta. Science largely understands the incredibly complex web of life out there. Science knows when enough is enough. When big Ag starts chasing water, enough is never enough. Water agencies have been enablers, not stewards.

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