RIDER THREATENS FLINT FUNDING, CA BAY DELTA AND WILDLIFE
WASHINGTON (Dec. 5, 2016) – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) inserted anti-environmental language into the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill today that would undermine protections for salmon, Delta smelt and other endangered species in California. This language jeopardizes vital funding to help Flint, Michigan replace its lead-contaminated water system.
The following is a statement by Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
“This is a case of across-the-aisle deal-making gone wrong. This cynical and unacceptable ploy threatens wildlife in California, risks the health of the already-stressed Bay Delta and ultimately jeopardizes the welfare of the Flint community. The proposed rider in WRDA undermines critical protections for salmon, Delta smelt and other endangered wildlife.
“Every person has a right to clean water, clean air and healthy ecosystems. Access to safe drinking water should never be a bargaining chip for political gain.
“We need both clean budgets and clean water, and this rider attempts to trade one for the other.”
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