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Thing I’ve been hearing a lot recently: “Real Time Fish monitoring should dictate when the CVP & SWP export pumps are turned off to protect #endangeredspecies. See fish-pump off...no fish-pump on”.

There is *so* much wrong with this, it will require a #thread to unpack.
2a) Real time monitoring is not individual surveillance. Ecological monitoring will always miss individuals, esp. for rare species. (ie, we call it “sampling” & use statistics).

Monitoring will likely miss rare species & the early/late migrants that populations depend on.
2b) This point — the need to maintain life history diversity to prevent declines — can’t be overstated. Just protecting a narrow slice of these species’ diversity is a recipe for further decline & loss of resilience.

journals.plos.org/plosone/articl…
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The #EndangeredSpeciesAct “attacks property owners,” @Heritage’s Daren Bakst says, “when the best approach would be to recognize that property owners are integral to preserving species.” dailysign.al/2nVlqEa via @KevinMooneyDC @DailySignal
@Heritage @KevinMooneyDC @DailySignal The current law has resulted in a recovery rate of only 3% for the wildlife it was designed to protect, according to the Congressional Western Caucus, which counts 72 members of both parties from 32 states and territories.
@Heritage @KevinMooneyDC @DailySignal Tipton pointed to efforts in Colorado to preserve the sage grouse, a chicken-like bird species, as an example of successful wildlife protection done locally. He said his state’s pilot program involving ranchers and farmers helped to rehabilitate the species.
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(Thread) A scientist’s view of the urgent need for @GavinNewsom to sign SB#1, written by @sentoniatkins.

Like every scientist concerned with preventing #extinction of #SFBay’s fish species, I want #endangeredspecies management to use only the best available science. 1/
@GavinNewsom @SenToniAtkins I supported then-Secretary @sallyjewell's call to review #endangeredspeciesact safeguards for the Bay’s imperiled fish species. Those reviews were necessary bc endangered fish continued to decline; Jewell wrote that she expected the review to lead to increased protections. 2/
@GavinNewsom @SenToniAtkins @sallyjewell Then science-denialists in the Trump Administration manipulated the scientific process used to develop @NOAAFisheries scientific review and tried to bury the best available science. latimes.com/environment/st…
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So a little after 9 a.m. I get an email "Interior ​to Host Press Call on Endangered Species Act," I request dial-in information as a reporter. It never arrives. Instead, I get a press release about a new Trump initiative to "improve" the #EndangeredSpeciesAct by gutting it.
Together with endorsements by James Imhofe & a string of other GOP dunderheads, the beef industry, the home building industry, the energy industry--and absolutely no one who gives fuck-all about the natural world.
Key phrase: "in some cases, designation of critical habitat is not prudent"
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During the debates I like to remind folks that there's a lot to be discussed and debated about wildlife conservation in this country. Is it the most important issue? Probably not. But it's something worth hearing about.
How do we protect our borders while maintaining wildlife migration routes and allowing recolonization of species such as Jaguar? #DemDebate
Does the Endangered Species Act require revision? If so, what would you revise, and why? #DemDebate
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ATTENTION .. READ ENTIRE THING! Excerpt.. “increasing health treatments as part of USDA’s offering for sale at least 3.8 billion board feet of timber from USDA FS lands” That’s now annual minimum people. Plus so much more. Don’t let this go unexamined and demand new House reject!
So many things in the EO seem super nefarious, but this really feels dangerous: “(iii) Review land designations and policies that may limit active forest management and increase the risk of catastrophic wildfires;” REVIEW DESIGNATIONS??
And the #EndangeredSpeciesAct is here of course: “(vii) Identify and assess methods, including methods undertaken pursuant to section 3(b)(iv) of this order, to more effectively and efficiently streamline consultation under the Endangered Species Act;”
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THREAD - A group of attorneys general filed a comment with Interior Department rejecting Secy Zinke's proposed rollback of protections in the #EndangeredSpeciesAct. You can read their letter here:
documentcloud.org/documents/4941…
@CourthouseNews
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AGs from the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania plus states of California, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia signed off.
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I recently covered the proposed rollback here: courthousenews.com/public-comment…
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