Judge restores California water pumping limits to protect threatened fish

Associated Press/Washington Examiner

FRESNO, CALIF. — A federal judge in California has turned down an emergency request by farmers to permanently lift water pumping restrictions in California’s delta, saying limits are needed to protect endangered fish.

The ruling Wednesday came after U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger temporarily lifted the limits last week in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and said he would consider a permanent move.

The restrictions were put in place to protect native salmon and delta smelt.

Farmers say the limits are causing millions of dollars in crop losses.

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