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Criss hit the nail on the head
Callahan, Calif. — In his letter to the editor (SDN, Jan. 16), Brandon Criss hit the nail on the head. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has an agenda and their new study is predetermined and just another tool they hope to use to get them what they want: more water, more control and more power.
At that same meeting that Criss referred to on Nov. 1, 2011, Curtis Milliron (DFG), after hearing about 75 minutes of negative feedback from the supervisors and the public about the new in-stream flow studies planned for the Scott and Shasta rivers, said, “I don’t care. We’re going ahead with it.”
That shows just how much DFG values input from local government and the public.
Just a week later, the new head of DFG, Charlton H. Bonham (formerly of CalTrout) explained their “approach” for our watersheds (SDN, Nov. 8). In his guest opinion piece, he said that “it is possible to find common ground” among those involved. It is my opinion that they (DFG) are not interested in finding common ground at all. Over the years, there have been many good ideas for improving water flow and temperature proposed to the DFG. They have NEVER acted on any of them!
Later in his column, Bonham talks about community outreach, open house meetings, facilitated working groups, etc. I attended one of those “meetings” last year. DFG manipulated the meeting and avoided public discussion, while “listening” to the interested parties, fulfilling their legal obligation.
The Department of Fish and Game is a rogue government agency that has its own agenda. As the situation exists today, they don’t have enough water so they will use their new “study” to try and get more ... from diverters.
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