Court upholds ruling for salmon in California Delta

Dec 22, 2014 2:31 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a 2009 environmental review that called for reductions in the amount of water pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in order to protect salmon and other species.

The review by the National Marine Fisheries Service found that continuing to pump water from the delta at existing rates would threaten several endangered salmon species and killer whales.

Some of the state's biggest water agencies, including Southern California's Metropolitan Water District, had challenged the 2009 federal decision reducing the amount of water they could draw from the Delta. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld the federal decision. The reduced pumping for the fish has stayed in effect since the 2009 decision.

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