An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.
Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla with "Restore the Delta" says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too.
"We will begin to have salt-water intrusion into the delta. We have farmers and marinas that will be experiencing loss of fresh water that they need for their services and water levels," she emphasized.
Barrigan-Parrilla says it's unfair to blame the Delta smelt and that framing the issue as a “3-inch fish over people” is harmful to solving California’s challenges.
"It's just not the fault of the delta smelt. The reason we're in this situation is the gross mismanagement of our water supplies and over subscription of our water supplies," she said.
The House Natural Resources Committee held a field hearing on California's water crisis in Fresno yesterday, but the Restore the Delta group was not called to testify.