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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A judge has reaffirmed a decision
that California must stop pumping water out of the delta within 60
days unless it complies with environmental laws protecting fish.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch filed an order
reiterating his position that the Department of Water Resources lacks
the proper permits or authority to pump water from the Sacramento-San
The Department of Water Resources had asked him to reconsider his
March 22 ruling.
A department spokesman said the state will now appeal the
The state pumps water from its Harvey O. Banks facility to more
than 23 million people in Southern California, the Bay Area and the
Central Valley. If the pumps were shut down it would cripple state
The water department has applied for authorization from state
wildlife officials to run the pumps. A decision is expected within
the next month, which could satisfy the judge.
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