Valley farmers sue to stop water release for fish

Outlet: Central Valley Business Times

August 8, 2013

Two major users of irrigation water from the Central Valley Project are suing the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to stop it from releasing water to aid salmon in the Trinity River. “Orchards and vineyards are suffering severe stress, and row crops have been abandoned and other fields have been left fallow,” says the lawsuit by the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and the Westlands Water District, citing an allocation of 20 percent of contracted water amounts imposed by the Bureau of Reclamation because of the drought-like conditions in California.