Suppressed Federal Report Shows How Trump Water Plan Would Endanger California Salmon

A young fingerling Chinook salmon leaps out of the water after being released into a holding pen at Pillar Point Harbor on May 16, 2018 in Half Moon Bay. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A young fingerling Chinook salmon leaps out of the water after being released into a holding pen at Pillar Point Harbor on May 16, 2018 in Half Moon Bay. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Federal officials suppressed a lengthy environmental document that details how one of California’s unique salmon runs would be imperiled by Trump administration plans to deliver more water to Central Valley farms.

The July 1 assessment, obtained by The Times, outlines how proposed changes in government water operations would harm several species protected by the Endangered Species Act, including perilously low populations of winter-run salmon, as well as steelhead trout and killer whales, which feed on salmon.

But the 1,123-page document was never released.

Two days after federal scientists submitted their review, called a biological opinion, a regional fisheries official pulled the document and replaced the team that wrote it with a new group tasked with revising it, as The Times reported in July.

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