“Where is the drought aid for Delta businesses being harmed: marinas that won’t have business; cattle farmers who won’t have water for their cattle; recreation businesses that won’t have visitors?”
–Barbara Barrigan-Parilla, head of Restore the Delta, at a Congressional field hearing in Fresno.
An RTD press release goes on, “Barrigan-Parrilla criticized the Committee for its exclusive focus on south-of-Delta water exporters. “There’s not enough water to keep salt out of the Delta and deliver water to Firebaugh at the present time. The south-of-Delta growers who rely on water exports don’t have water this year because they over-used Delta water last year, exceeding the amount that the State said was safe. Now, they want the rest of us to pay for their miscalculation.”
She threw in another Quote of the day candidate: “This committee is blinded by its desire to serve a few huge industrial agribusinesses.”
It has been wonderful to watch Barrigan-Parilla and Restore the Delta grow into one of the Delta’s staunchest champions. It’s funny. Sacramento sits on the Delta, and boasts hqs or offices of the big environmental groups. But Barrigan-Parilla and Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance hold their own, shifting the center of environmental resistance to the tunnels towards San Joaquin.
Their rhetoric is particularly important when they dismantle the Big Lie south-Valley farmers spin about “fish over people.”
“Barrigan-Parrilla told the House Natural Resources Committee that their framing the issue as a “3-inch fish over people” is “inaccurate, and harmful to solving California’s challenges,” the press release goes on. “… The decline of our fisheries is a red-alert warning that water mismanagement threatens all of us: farmers, fishermen and urban residents.”