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Ag Today February 24, 2020

California Fish and Game ends striped bass population mandate, allowing decline [Fresno Bee] The California Fish and Game Commission on Friday voted unanimously to amend its decades-old policy regarding striped bass, beginning a process that could allow the population to decline. The decision ends a 1996 policy that had committed the state to sustaining a population of about 1 million striped bass in the Delta and other California waterways….Farming groups and urban water associations have for years sought to reduce the population of striped bass, arguing that doing so would help the endangered Chinook salmon and Delta smelt that bass prey...

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Ag Today February 21, 2020

California sues Trump administration again — this time over water [San Francisco Chronicle] A day after President Trump visited the Central Valley to celebrate a boost in water for California farms, state officials sued to block the additional water deliveries. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit filed Thursday, maintains that new federal rules designed to increase pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fail to protect salmon and other endangered fish in the delta estuary. The lawsuit claims the Trump administration didn’t seriously consider the science and abused its power when it weakened protections under the Endangered Species Act to...

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Ag Today February 20, 2020

Trump signs order giving California farmers more water [Wall Street Journal] President Trump ordered regulators to give farmers here in California’s Central Valley more access to water, a decision that fulfills a 2016 campaign promise and immediately enraged environmentalists….“A major obstacle to providing more water for the region’s farmers has now been totally eliminated by the federal government,” the president told a crowd of cheering supporters in an airport hangar….Farmers in the Republican-dominated pocket of the largely Democratic state welcomed the news. “Improved flexibility in water management will benefit rural communities throughout the Central Valley,” said California Farm Bureau Federation President...

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