Delta Force

It's Chinook vs. Arnold

More than three hundred farmworkers and a bunch of Central Valley politicians rallied on the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday chanting, “Aqua es vida.”  I couldn’t agree more!!  Why do you think the Chinook salmon population has collapsed? Not enough H2O. That’s what the NRDC, the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations and other groups successfully claimed in their Endangered Species Act lawsuit about the impacts of taking water out of the California Delta on the endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead trout.

Federal judge Oliver Wanger on Friday tossed out a controversial water plan that would have allowed more pumping of water out of the delta to supply more water to thirsty agricultural interests.

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