Trump Poisons Salmon Protections

During a visit to California yesterday, President Trump moved forward with implementation of Endangered Species Act permits designed to dramatically weaken environmental protections for salmon and other imperiled species in California’s Bay-Delta Watershed.

The State of California previously announced they would file litigation challenging these permits, concluding that they fail to protect endangered species and are contrary to the state’s interests. 

In early December of 2019 the Natural Resources Defense Council and its partners filed federal court litigation to protect salmon and endangered species marking the NRDC’s 100th lawsuit against the Trump Administration.

Governor Newsom’s office reiterated yesterday the State’s promise to file suit in the coming days in order to protect native fish species on the brink of extinction. According to Kate Poole, Senior Director of the Water Division at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
 
“These new rules sacrifice the Bay-Delta and its most endangered species for the financial interests of the President’s political backers and Secretary Bernhardt’s former clients. We will fight for the largest estuary on the West Coast, which sustains hundreds of fish and wildlife and thousands of fishing jobs that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta. The Newsom Administration has the tools it needs to protect California from Trump’s latest assault on the environment, and we’re looking forward to working with the Governor to do so.”