A job that’s never done
A word from CalTrout’s ED, Curtis Knight
Earlier this month, we called on you to help put an end to a sneaky bill provision that would fast forward the Shasta Dam expansion project and slip it past California’s laws, specifically violating the State Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The response from our followers was incredible. Hundreds of you sent an email through our Action Alert to your representatives in Congress urging them to oppose the attached rider. If enacted, the rider would have pushed the project through more quickly, without demanding full up-front funding and despite objections from the state of California.
However, the battle to stop the expansion of Shasta Dam by 18.5 feet is not over. There is still $20 million in federal grant money that can be accessed for the project. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will have to decide if it can be spent for initial work on the dam without violating federal cost-sharing rules. The project will still have to move through major legal and budget challenges that will likely cause delays, and hopefully end it altogether. You can fully expect CalTrout to remain committed and push back until it’s off the table and a California river is protected, at least for one more day.
Our rivers and fish are never saved; they’re always being saved (to paraphrase a quote by Peter Douglas, 30-year Executive Director of the Coastal Commission and champion defender of California’s coastal environment). Our work has it’s pay offs, but it is never finished.