Judge Declines Farmers Request for Water

Farmers requested an emergency lift of water pumping restrictions on California’s delta in fear of killing chinook salmon. However, U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger declined the request on March 31.
Starting that night the regulators will cut back the amount of water that is pumped through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The restrictors were used to protect endangered steelhead and salmon from swimming into the Pacific Ocean. Farmers feel this causes dramatic crop losses.
The San Joaquin Valley is where the majority of America’s fruits and vegetables are grown. Over the past three years the California drought has caused many crop losses and this water could help with some of the problems caused by the drought including economic problems.
Biologists developed the plan to help the salmon that have been on the nation’s endangered list for the past two years. Since the plan’s development farmers have been fighting the notion. The restrictions are a frequent debate among environmentalists, farmers and government officials.
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