The San Francisco Chronicle
March 5, 2013
A federal appeals court granted a new hearing Tuesday to environmentalists challenging the government’s decision to renew 41 long-term contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for agriculture purposes, an action that opponents say would threaten the endangered delta smelt and worsen conditions in the delta.
A panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 in July to dismiss a suit by environmental groups that claimed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation should have consulted with Fish and Wildlife Service biologists before renewing the contracts in 2004-05 for periods of 25 and 40 years.