Statement by Federico Barajas on the Proposal to List Longfin Smelt

as Endangered Under the Federal Endangered Species Act

“We look forward to reviewing the science and analysis behind the Services’ proposal and will closely track future progress on this listing determination,” said Federico Barajas, Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority.

“This proposed rule listing the longfin smelt as an endangered species only further highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach that will protect the species by addressing all negative stressors, including habitat loss, predation, water quality, changing hydrologic patterns, and system operations.

“Improving the quantity and reliability of the water supply for the communities, farms, and ecosystems reliant on our member agencies is our number one priority, and we must find a solution that balances ecosystem function with human needs.”