National Academy of Sciences backs bio opinions in Delta

Over at John Fleck's shop in Albuquerque, the reporter looks at the release of a National Academy of Sciences report on the Delta. The unavoidable news is that the panel concluded that restrictions on pumping to save the endangered Delta Smelt were "scientifically justified," and said so numerous times in the report.

But to no one's surprise, the report's call for "clarification" and doubts about setting aside an 8000-acre area to improve the tiny fish's chance at survival were interpreted in numerous ways by numerous folk.

Just look at the headlines, compiled by Aquafornia:

Two things strike me about the $%750,000 report, which was ordered by Senator Dianne Feinstein, apparently at the bequest of pistachio farmer Stewart Resnick.

First, the scientists complain repeatedly about the inability to make final judgments given the extremely short time frame they had to study the issue (two months).

They have another year to write a full report, which no doubt will be more thoughtful and more detailed, and probably less read.

Second, to their credit, the NAS makes the report easy to access…

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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