An apology from the California Department of Fish and Game


Updating a story from last week, the California Department of Fish and Game has apologized for a threatening letter it sent to landowners over alleged non-compliance with frost protection regulations that are in fact enjoined from being enforced.  From the Ukiah Daily Journal:

The California Department of Fish and Game sent another letter to landowners last week apologizing for an earlier letter urging compliance with proposed new Frost Protection regulations.

“The department wishes to acknowledge it inadvertently omitted from its March letter that enforcement of the (Water Demand Management Plans) by the (State Water Resources Control Board) is currently under court stay,” a letter dated March 30 states. “We apologize for that omission.” . . .

To “clarify the purpose” of the first letter, the department writes that it was “sent as a means of communicating the department’s intent to assist frost protection water users in managing operations to avoid stranding of salmonids during frost events. We will remain available to you — whether eventually through a WDMP consultation process or not — and are sincere in our interest to assist you in developing options to minimize the effect of frost operations on instream flows and listed salmonids.”

Jordan Traverso, deputy director of Communications, Education and Outreach for the department of Fish and Game, said the second letter was “mailed out on Friday to everyone who received the first letter.”

Thanks to Aquafornia for the pointer.