[env-trinity] San Diego Union Tribune 2 8 10

Byron Leydecker bwl3 at comcast.net
Tue Feb 9 09:29:03 PST 2010

Ecologists say unrestricted pumping will harm fish

San Diego Union-Tribune-2/8/10


Environmentalists say a federal judge's order to temporarily allow
unrestricted pumping in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta threatens to push
endangered salmon into extinction.


Last week's decision by U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger freed up
irrigation supplies for farms hammered by years of drought. Farmers had
complained that pumping restrictions in place to protect winter-run Chinook
salmon worsened their situation.


Some of the country's largest growers pressed for the restrictions to be
lifted to nurture their fields and orchards.


But the Natural Resources Defense Council and Earthjustice argue that the
limits are necessary to help keep West Coast fishermen in business and
protect their dwindling catch.


Wanger will hear their motion in his Fresno courtroom Wednesday


Byron Leydecker, JcT

Chair, Friends of Trinity River

PO Box 2327

Mill Valley, CA 94942-2327

415 383 4810 land/fax (call first to fax)

415 519 4810 mobile

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