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A plan to build two tunnels that would divert water from Sacramento to San Joaquin Valley farms poses a dire threat to salmon, according to a Bay Area salmon protection group.
 
The tunnels are the linchpin of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), a draft of the environmental impact assessment for which was released Tuesday by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).
 
DWR is working, along with federal agencies and local water districts, to change the way California diverts Sacramento River water past its natural outflow through the San Francisco Bay to thirsty industrial farms and Southern California cities. And the result, which some are calling a rehash of Governor Jerry Brown's 1980s-era Peripheral Canal proposal, is raising hackles among environmentalists -- including one group concerned that the project could doom California salmon. 
 
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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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