Southern California Steelhead Status Review Submission to Commission

  • Apr 5, 2024
  • Comment Letters

Agency: California Fish and Game Commission

Subject: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Southern California Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Status Review Submission to Commission

Letter excerpt:

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) appreciates the opportunity to provide public comments to the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) related to the status review of southern California steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) (Status Review) submitted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department)—pursuant to Fish and Game Code § 2074.6. ACWA represents more than 460 public water agencies that collectively deliver approximately 90 percent of the water in California for domestic, agricultural, and industrial uses. ACWA and its members are invested in healthy watersheds and habitats that support robust populations of native fish and wildlife. However, ACWA has significant concerns regarding both the scientific basis for a listing determination and the potential impacts on public water agencies’ ability to reliably provide water if southern California steelhead are listed as endangered pursuant to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). Section 3, below, elaborates on these concerns.

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