Save salmon, turn off pumps in river

The Fresno Bee - - Opinion -

Re­gard­ing “San Joaquin River salmon make big gains, but don’t call it a come­back yet” (Nov. 25), com­mon-sense Cal­i­for­ni­ans find it in­cred­i­ble that a dam (Fri­ant) was built in Cal­i­for­nia that wiped out a salmon run prob­a­bly 800,000 strong. What in the world were they think­ing?

Your re­port left out that the south Delta di­ver­sion pumps kill nearly all baby salmon mi­grat­ing down the San Joaquin River. This presents a real chal­lenge to the fish be­ing re­stored in the San Joaquin River. Why are these di­ver­sion pumps al­lowed to con­tinue killing salmon? Two wrongs don’t make a right.

– John Mc­Manus, pres­i­dent, Golden Gate Salmon

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