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.