Environmentalists cry foul over fish decision

A decision made quietly by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this month to go along with a request by the Bureau of Reclamation could shove the endangered Delta smelt to the edge of extinction, environmental groups fear. The Obama Administration decision allows more than twice as many endangered Delta smelt to be killed by the Central Valley Projectís pumps than had been previously allowed, say the California Water Impact Network and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance. The policy was adopted just days after the annual California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that populations of the tiny, once-abundant fish have sunk to new lows.<more>

Jan. 26, 2015 Central Valley Business Times