New California water plan aimed at boosting fish habitat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water officials say a new proposal to increase flows through a major central California river is needed to stave off an ecological crisis that includes the decline of native salmon.
But critics say a draft plan announced the state Water Resources Control Board announced Friday will hurt farmers and restrict drinking water supply in the agriculturally critical San Joaquin Valley.
It’s the latest development in California’s long-running feud between environmental and agricultural interests over the state’s limited water supply.
The San Joaquin River is one of California’s largest rivers and a crucial piece of its water-supply chain.
State water board officials say diverting water from the river has drastically hurt its ecosystem. The board’s plan would roughly double the amount of water required to flow without being diverted.