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.

Summary:

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.

Ethical Issue:

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.

My Position:

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.

Question:

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?

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2 years ago
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I think we should leave it for the fish so we can take the step towards slowing down the rate that society is killing the environment 😧 😶 😧

2 years ago
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We sould deinitey help humans first before trying to save a fish

2 years ago
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If we need the water then I believe that we need to used the water for ourselves.

2 years ago
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We should preserve the natural environment as much as we possibly can, and try not to interfere with ecosystems that can be saved. The Delta seems to be one of these ecosystems.

2 years ago
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I think we should use the water to saved them but also for our drinking water

2 years ago
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The water should be used for the fish so the ecosystem isn't affected negatively.

2 years ago
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I think we need to find an adequate way to balance the two. Humans have to make sacrifices in order to keep the ecosystem plentiful and diverse.

2 years ago
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I think that we should focus more on cutting down on the water we are already overusing

2 years ago
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Only use the water if we need it

2 years ago
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The water in the delta should be used to help save the fish because they are near extinction, plus we would probably just waste it anyways.