The Latest On: Delta Smelt Biological Opinion
Supreme Court Upholds Delta Smelt Protections, Denies Industry Attack on Critical Endangered Species Act Protections
A federal court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved contracts to pump water out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to agriculture projects in the Central Valley, as the Delta provides crucial habitat to the endangered delta smelt fish.
After extensive scientific review, a federal appeals court upheld a 2008 decision that enacted water restriction on transporting water from the San Joaquin Delta to agricultural farms in the Central Valley to protect the Delta Smelt, an endangered fish.
“At the core of this decision, the 9th Circuit says this [study] is fine, and that at the time that it was finalized the agency had considered the best available science of the Delta smelt.” said Earthjustice attorney, Trent Orr.