Limits Lifted Providing Water to Farmers

February 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A new ruling will give Central Valley farmers temporary access to more irrigation water. A federal judge -- lifted pumping limits Friday intended to protect fish in the Sacramento- San Joaquin Delta.

The limits will be lifted for two weeks.

The pumping restrictions are part of a federal plan aimed at safe-guarding Chinook Salmon as they breed and swim out to the pacific ocean.

Some of the country's largest farms had pressed for the protections to be suspended -- so they could water their fields and orchards.

West coast fishermen argued the limits were necessary to save their dwindling catch.

Local water districts plan to ask for another extension once the two weeks are up.


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