May 9, 2009
Calif. asks feds to reconsider water rule
California officials have asked the federal government to review rules that reduced water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect a fish.
In a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Water Resources said the water pumps that direct water to two-thirds of California may not be as harmful to the endangered delta smelt fish as thought, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday.The newspaper reported that pumping restrictions were imposed after a December opinion. California officials say the restrictions
unnecessarily create significant adverse impacts on the state's water supply and economy.
Environmentalists, however, say the rules should remain in force.