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California says $2.6-billion pact can protect delta amid drought. Critics disagree

“Of course, we support floodplain restoration,” said Regina Chichizola, executive director of the group Save California Salmon. But she said research has shown that the health of the delta ecosystem demands much more water than this agreement would provide.

“This to me doesn’t seem like it’s dealing with drought or climate change or what the actual needs of [the] delta are. So I’m disappointed,” Chichizola said.

She said it’s also concerning that instead of having an open, democratic process guided by science, “it’s just the most elite water users” that were in the room to negotiate.

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