At the Fresno rally on Friday, presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump attacked the Californian government on its insistence of wildlife protection at the expense of hardworking farmers.
The minuscule delta smelt, a three-inch silvery-blue fish that smells like cucumbers, can only be found in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The fish is nearing extinction, and the government’s efforts to save the species are rather asinine: on record, the government has been diverting much needed water away from California’s farmers during the driest four-year period in the state’s record.
1.4 trillion gallons of water have been pumped into the San Francisco Bay since 2008, largely to preserve the delta smelt’s dwindling population. The Wall Street Journal reported the water funneled for the delta smelt would have been enough to sustain 6.4 million Californians for six years, whereas it yielded a number of eight fish in the fall of 2014.
A picture of the delta smelt can be seen below: