If you're writing on the Congressional action to exempt the Delta Twin tunnels from legal challenges, consider this statement from John McManus, president of the Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA). GGSA represents sport and commercial salmon fishermen and related businesses.
"The Delta water tunnels project, formerly known as the Peripheral Canal, was defeated by voters in 1982. This time around the project is being shoved down the throats of all Californians without allowing a vote of the people. Today we learn that Congressman Ken Calvert is proposing a law exempting the salmon killing tunnels from legal review by groups like GGSA, local governments and others. Construction of the current version of the tunnels would break numerous laws protecting salmon and other natural resources from destruction. Since the tunnels would wreck the environment in violation of current law, Congressman Calvert is proposing to change the law instead of changing the tunnels.
Salmon and other species will be wiped out if the current version of the tunnels is built, which is why GGSA and allies are already in court calling for a fair legal review. Those in favor of the tunnels and moving more northern California water to southern California know we’re likely to win in court since the environmental damage is easy to prove. That’s why they’re using their money and political connections to simply get the laws changed rather than comply with the law and modify the tunnels to make them less damaging."