(KCBS) — The failing health of many aquatic ecosystems in California has pushed some fish species to the brink of extinction, according to a new report from a team of experts.

Coho Salmon and Delta Smelt are just two of the species under threat, said Ellen Hanak, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

“To put it bluntly, the fish are losing,” said Hanak.

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

A book of research by scientists, engineers and economists that the institute Wednesday goes beyond the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to examine aquatic ecosystems throughout the state.

A fragmented and ineffective water management system also poses problems for flood control and water quality, Hanak said.

“Investments in flood infrastructure for flood protection haven’t been adequate to maintain the existing infrastructure. And many local governments have promoted development behind weak levees, placing more lives and property at risk.”

The report encourages wide-ranging reforms that allow for more flexibility in how water systems in California are managed.

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Comments (2)
  1. Kodiax says:

    gee fishermen have been saying this for years now. and people like Hannity with his staged protests and outright lies about farmers vs fish have only made things much worse

    heres a giant one finger salute to the clueless liar Sean Hannity.

  2. RealityCheck says:

    Maybe its time for these species to go. Perhaps we are harming the environment by trying to “save” species whose time is done. One day too it will be humans that become extinct.

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