“A blatant, short-sighted water grab.”

That’s Restore the Delta’s fiery denunciation of the attempt by Valley Republicans, with the support of Speaker John Boehner,  to suspend the Endangered Species act and pump water out of the Delta.

“The Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Water Resources allowed the overpumping of the Delta by 800,000 acre feet last year in order to appease the leaders of the Westlands Water District and the Kern County Water Agency,” the press release says.

“We find it ironic that these Congressional representatives, who claim to be in favor of reduced Federal government intervention into state affairs, are looking for a way to bypass State and Federal water quality and quantity regulations, which will be violated if pumping restrictions are removed in the Delta.”

Read the whole screed here. The drought may or may not add impetus to the tunnels. But it is putting booster rockets on the special interests and the politicians who serve them to dismantle the rickety environmental safeguards keeping the Delta on life support.

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