Brown wins 2013 “Cold, Dead Fish Award”

The Fish Sniffer has given the 2013 Cold, Dead Fish Award to Governor Jerry Brown’s for his Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) “to build the peripheral tunnels to export water to corporate agribusiness and Southern California water agencies.”

Other awards:

—Former Deputy Resources Secretary Jerry Meral wins the “Foot in the Mouth” prize for his Freudian slip of April 15, 2013, “BDCP is not about, and has never been about, saving the Delta. The Delta cannot be saved.’” 

—The Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority win the Unsuccessful Salmon Exterminator award for their summer attempt to stop increased flows on the Trinity River. They probably would have caused another big fish kill had they not failed. 

—Congressmen Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, and David Valadao have already established themselves as frontrunners for the 2014 Cold Dead Fish Award for their Jan. 24 anouncement in Bakersfield, with House Speaker John Boehner, of legislation to suspend the Endangered Species Act, allow the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta pumps to operate “as long as water is available” and to halt the San Joaquin River restoration.

See all the awards here.

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