Thursday, October 20, 2005
Environmentalists and friendly fishermen walk along the dried-up Carmel River. They try to save flopping fish. But they are TOO LATE!
“Poor little DEAD STEELHEAD! You will never grow into a mature fish, and will never see the majestic Monterey Bay!”
“And you, dead RED-LEGGED FROG, what happened to your watery home?”
Cal Am has been illegally OVERPUMPING water from the Carmel River for years!
In 1995, the state slapped Cal Am with a warning—the Dreaded ORDER 95-10—which ruled that CAL AM did not have a legal water right to 69 PERCENT of the water it was pumping from the Carmel River.
(this was a response to complaints filed by the Sierra Club, the Carmel River Steelhead Association and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.)
the state ordered CAL AM to do two things: pump less water from the dying river, and create a long-term water supply for the Peninsula.CAL AM did neither!
The river runs dry when it shouldn’t! Endangered fish and frogs die!
And now, 10 years later, Cal Am is also OVERPUMPING the Seaside Basin! That’s the Peninsula’s only other main source! We’re all DRIED OUT!
the company’s environmental damage doesn’t end in Monterey…
RWE, Cal Am’s parent company, is known in England as the country’s WORST polluter. It dumped more than ONE MILLION TONS of untreated SEWAGE into the River Thames!
As Monterey Peninsula residents learn these facts, they say: “we Californians care about our rivers and streams! We are good stewards! Why don’t we control OUR OWN WATER SYSTEM?”