The county Board of Supervisors will vote at Tuesday's meeting on opposing state Senate Bill 482, which would change the wording of the California Endangered Species Act.
County documents state the bill is presented as a solution to solving concerns with species at the Salton Sea and Colorado River Basin. But the county documents state the bill provides no meaningful protection and adds "undue bureaucratic burdens on the farmers and businesses of Imperial County."
The act now prohibits "taking" any endangered or threatened species and defines taking as hunting, pursuing, catching, capturing or killing or attempting to do any of the above.
This bill expands "taking" to mean engaging in any activity that foreseeably results in the capture or killing of a threatened or endangered species. The bill also states "taking" to mean any activity that largely impairs the ability of a threatened or endangered species to reproduce or sustain itself in the natural environment.