Erik Wilson 
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Re: “Salmon RIP?

Yes I'm in Ag....I grow food. Where should food be grown? California has a climate like that of no other place in the world. 400 different crops are grown here. No other state can do that. California has the largest patch of Class 1 soil in the world. Growing the food in the abundance that we do.....cannot be duplicated anywhere else. San Joaquin Valley is nature's green house. The long, predictably dry,humid free summers make this place one of the safest places on earth to grow food. High humidity is condusive to soil born pathogens that can plaque other regions. It is our semi-arid climate that makes growing all the things we eat possible. Asking, or hoping another country to do it is a risk most people don't want to take. It also would put into question the carbon footprint of all Americans to ship food thousands of miles from countries who don't have the same standards to food and environmental standards. As someone who loves the outdoors and especially fly fishing....fish and people need water. It is sad that I get discredited for my concern for Salmon because I happen to grow food. Everyone who call California home is 100% dependent on water projects. San Francisco can't escape it, Los Angeles can't escape it, San Diego, Fresno Sacramento, all would be inhospitable without dams and water conveyance.

Posted by Erik Wilson on 12/10/2015 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Salmon RIP?

There is no volume of cold water that can overcome come the severe predation from striped bass. They're all the way up to Anderson and the Salmon smolts have no shot to reach the delta in any numbers that will change the direction of the Salmons' demise. Shasta had 1,000,000 acre feet more water in it than in the drought of 76/77 and Salmon somehow made it through that season. I fly fish the Sacramento river regularly and knowing that the citizens of Sacramento and the Ag community suffered in major curtailment this year to keep as much water for Salmon.....I was shocked to see what happened during peak spawning this fall. In the middle of peak spawning the flows went from 7,500 to 5,000 cfs which left many Salmon redds dry. How can anyone look at the citizens and those that feed them in the face and tell them that all the water that was saved all summer for these fish was not used to it's full potential is incredible to me. Salmon will never ever return to even a decent run until Stripers are completely removed from the delta. Stripers are fish eating machines. I know because I fish for them and they will devour anything. It is a fools folly to believe shortchanging residents and the people who grow food of water will result in more Salmon. I don't understand why the fish and game puts a size limit on these stripers that actually promote its well being by ensuring it spawns at least once. You could quadruple hatchery stock and the stripers would just keep getting larger and more prolific.

Posted by Erik Wilson on 12/04/2015 at 9:05 AM

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