AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif. Wednesday morning Valley farmers will find out how much extra water they'll get for their crops.

Judge Oliver Wanger ruled federal agencies did not carry out the correct procedure in protecting salmon. The ruling allows more water for farmers in the Westlands Water District. They've had to let farm land dry up in order to protect fish.

"This decision is just one more indication that the federal agencies are going to have to modify the way in which they're implementing the endangered species act," said Tom Birmingham with the Westlands Water District.

Environmental groups say this is a setback and that they will continue their efforts to protect the fish.

Two new studies blame Sacramento's wastewater for declining fish populations in the delta.

The Fresno Bee reports, a study from the University Of Maryland shows the delta's environmental problems are more likely tied to wastewater pollution than to water diversions.

The study found increased ammonia in Sacramento wastewater has disrupted algae production in the delta, which affected the food chain.

A study done in February by U.C. Davis shows delta smelt may be harmed by long term exposure to ammonia at levels below federal limits. The studies will intensify pressure on the region to upgrade its sewage treatment, which could cost ratepayers one billion dollars.

The European grapevine moth is gaining more ground in California.

Agriculture officials confirm a moth was trapped nine days ago in a vineyard near Soledad in Monterey County. About 400 traps are now in place within 80 square miles of the find to determine if there is a greater infestation.

The moths were first discovered in Napa in September of 2009, triggering a quarantine. In spite of precautions it has since been reported in Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino, Merced and Fresno counties.

This week growers can have their questions about the moths answered. The first meeting is from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier. Because of so much grower interest, a second meeting has been added at one 1 p.m.

Farmers can also attend a meeting at the California Tree Fruit Agreement in Reedley on Saturday.

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