Fighting over dead salmon officially “overblown”

The Sun –

Late last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent a letter to the Newsom administration over Oroville Dam.

It appears the Feds are requesting corrective measures after flows from Oroville were cut by California’s Department of Water Resources, killing baby salmon in the Feather River.

Fishing guides told The Sacramento Bee that thousands of baby salmon turned up dead right next to a $6.3 million salmon restoration project built with taxpayer funds.

State officials, however, said that “the federal government’s concern about the dead fish are overblown.”

According to the chief of FERC’s aquatic resources branch, some of the fish were juvenile spring-run Chinook salmon.

“They’re full of it. They don’t want to get caught with their pants down,” James Stone, president of the Nor-Cal Guides & Sportsmen’s Association, said of California’s position. “The truth is there were thousands of fish that died.”

For those of us looking from the outside, we’re left to decide who is telling the truth: California’s Department of Water Resources of local fishing guides.

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