CCGGA Blasts NMFS Proposal

The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations (CCGGA) submitted a letter to Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell this week urging the Department to reconsider the proposal by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to limit Shasta releases to 8,000 cfs for temperature protection for salmonids.  Doing so would cost the Central Valley Project (CVP) over 400,000 ac-ft of water, most of which had already been factored into this year’s water plans.  The elimination of this water will have far reaching impacts to all water users.  To add to the mess, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is requesting 300,000 ac-ft to be released later this summer for Delta smelt protection, meaning even more water could be lost from an already devastated valley.