United States Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to waive the federal Endangered Species Act in order to take fresh water from the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and give it to Central Valley farmers who are suffering because of the three-year drought, according to the Chron. "Just get it done as fast as we can," she told the newspaper. But such a move would likely devastate the already collapsing salmon and smelt fisheries in the delta, while making the estuary more salty and less hospitable for a host of other species.
Feinstein is apparently reacting to the recent political pressure applied by Fox News and other right-wing groups who have taken up the cause of farmers in the dry southern Central Valley. They claim that the Endangered Species Act, one of the nation's most important environmental laws, is stopping them from getting the water they deserve from the delta.