delta smelt

San Joaquin Valley

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeals To Lift Plan Protecting Delta Smelt

California farmers struggling with drought say a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands of acres unplanted in the nation’s most fertile agricultural region.

01/12/2015

Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta (credit: California Department of Water Resources)

Fish Deaths Cited In Renewed Push For Water Tunnels

California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California’s cities and farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.

02/12/2013