Sacramento's Valley faces more cuts in water deliveries

Federal regulators proposed sweeping rules Thursday that could cut water deliveries from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by 10% to protect endangered Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead.

Combined with protections released last December to protect the endangered delta smelt, the cumulative effect of the latest rules could be a 30% or more reduction of water deliveries to millions of urban and agricultural users, state officials said.

Environmentalists praised the new rules, issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service. But Valley water groups said the rules will impose even more hardships on farmers, and they vowed to challenge the rules in federal court.

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