Delta Smelt; A crisis
"California Drought: Delta Smelt Survey Finds a Single Fish, Heightening Debate over Water Supply." - San Jose Mercury News. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2015.
The Delta smelt is on the brink of extinction. There are very few of them left in the wild, and the California drought may kill off those that are left. At the UC Davis hatchery, however, there are thousands of smelt living in tanks, where they'll have to stay for now, since the Delta's water is no longer conducive to them. The fate of this fish, and of many other species native to the delta, is directly related to the fate of the little remaining water in the delta itself. Scientists are pushing for the remaining water to be dedicated to these fish. Meanwhile, farmers are suggesting that the little water that's left be used to the advantage of humans instead.
The Delta smelt itself is unremarkable; small and not particularly useful to humans. Because of the pollution and loss of water in the delta, these fish are dying off, and are only really surviving in captivity. As the California drought continues and the water from the delta continues to deplete, we have to make a decision about what to do with the remaining water. So, we must decide whether or not the Delta smelt have enough intrinsic value to be released back into their natural habitat.
I think that the water in the Delta should be preserved and used for the smelt. They have intrinsic value, and deserve to live in the wild. We use too much water as it is, and we need to cut back on water use rather than using up the little water we have left in the delta for our own benefit.
Do you think the water in the Delta should be used to help humans, or should the delta be preserved and used to help the smelt enter back into the wild?