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Study Finds Delta Pumping Restrictions "Scientifically Justified"

Friday, March 19, 2010

Researchers say most restrictions on water deliveries to California's farm belt, meant to protect threatened fish, can be scientifically justified. They say more evidence is needed to reinforce when such pumping restrictions should occur.

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A panel of independent scientists is reviewing federal efforts to protect threatened fish like the delta smelt and salmon.

Some lawmakers were hoping the panel's review would alter those efforts and allow for more pumping of water from the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta to parched farms.

But the recommendations aren't that concrete. Instead, the panel calls for better monitoring so that restrictions can be adjusted as needed to minimize the impact on farmers and other water users.

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