SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Trump administration has unveiled a new plan to govern California’s water usage that has alarmed environmental groups for its potential impact on endangered species.
The plan would give more water to farmers. An analysis by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service says the plan “will not jeopardize threatened or endangered species.”READ MORE: SF Restaurant Apologizes for Denying Service to Armed, On-Duty Police Officers
The plan includes spending $1.5 billion to support endangered fish. The government would also monitor rivers for endangered fish, with commitments to reduce pumping when they are present.READ MORE: International Travelers Brace For New COVID Testing Requirement
But Doug Obegi at the Natural Resources Defense Council says the monitoring programs don’t work because endangered fish species populations, like the delta smelt, are too small.
He said it is likely environmental groups will challenge the rules in court.MORE NEWS: Northbound San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara Closed by 'Major Injury' Accident
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