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2009-06-03 16:22:00

Agency Actions Harmful to Listed Species BAKERSFIELD, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta (Coalition) and the Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) have formally sued a number of federal agencies for their failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in relation to their activities in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Federal agencies, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), Federal Emergency Management...

2009-05-16 14:34:37

Biologists say they're using sound, bright lights and bubbles to keep baby salmon from being sucked into pumps on California's San Joaquin River. The pumps divert water from the southern Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for use on farmland and for drinking water for 25 million Californians, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The $1 million project is the latest attempt to save baby salmon en route to the sea and also could aid threatened delta smelt, said Jerry Johns, deputy...

2009-05-09 13:25:43

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...

2009-03-18 15:42:00

Picture Remains Grim Due to Cumulative Impacts of Drought & Regulatory Restrictions SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Water Contractors welcomed the California Department of Water Resources' announcement that State Water Project (SWP) delivery projections have increased from 15 percent to 20 percent, but the organization says that the overall picture remains unchanged. The state continues to face a three-year drought and a deep and growing water crisis. The...

2009-03-13 12:35:00

Government Actions Exacerbating Water Crisis BAKERSFIELD, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for a Sustainable Delta and the Kern County Water Agency (KCWA) today joined other water users in California by filing suit against federal agencies challenging regulatory restrictions placed on the state's water operations. The severe water supply restrictions have resulted from federal agency actions designed to protect the Delta smelt, a federally protected endangered species that...

2009-03-05 14:30:00

Biological Opinion Ignores Best Scientific Data and Other Causes of Fish Decline SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Water Contractors (SWC) filed a lawsuit last night against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), challenging regulatory restrictions placed on the state's water operations. The restrictions were outlined in a biological opinion for Delta smelt, an endangered fish species that lives in the...

2008-12-15 20:57:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Public water agencies throughout Northern, Central and Southern California now face major supply cutbacks in the latest federal regulatory blow to their ability to deliver water to customers. The restrictions point sharply to the need for a more comprehensive and sensible approach to managing the state's water supply and fish habitat concerns. The cutbacks, effective immediately, were outlined today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service...

2008-12-12 14:33:00

California Economy and Water Supply Reliability Hit Hard BERKELEY, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study released today underscores the severity of the statewide economic and water supply implications of ongoing water pumping restrictions imposed by federal courts in California to protect the Delta smelt. According to the study, statewide economic impacts can exceed $1 billion per year during drought years such as those currently facing the state and may well exceed $3 billion...

2008-12-09 13:12:00

New Regulations Violate California Endangered Species Act, Threaten Water Supply SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The State Water Contractors, a statewide organization of 27 public water agencies, filed a lawsuit today against the California Fish & Game Commission and the California Department of Fish & Game challenging the Commission's recent decision to potentially impose substantial cuts in State Water Project (SWP) water deliveries to much of the San Francisco Bay Area,...

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2008-12-09 10:04:53

Striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary are contaminated before birth with a toxic mix of pesticides, industrial chemicals and flame retardants that their mothers acquire from estuary waters and food sources and pass on to their eggs, say UC Davis researchers. Using new analytical techniques, the researchers found that offspring of estuary fish had underdeveloped brains, inadequate energy supplies and dysfunctional livers. They grew slower and were smaller than offspring of hatchery fish...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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