Westlands Water District joins in salmon suit

he Westlands Water District has joined with 29 other public water agencies in a lawsuit against the federal government to stop further cutbacks to California’s water supplies.

An agency official said the goal of the lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service is to force the federal government to prepare an environmental impact statement before adopting a salmon recovery plan that could dramatically cut water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

In a similar case involving the delta smelt, U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wanger in Fresno last month ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must take into account “the harm being visited upon humans, the community and the environment.” He also said officials must explain and justify how they reached their water-allocation decisions.Quantcast

The Westlands lawsuit was filed jointly with San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority.