The Stockton Record
By Alex Breitler
January 4, 2013
Fragile fish species in the Delta returned to near-record lows last year, evidence that a promising bump in 2011 was merely a short-term gain.
The notorious Delta smelt – the 3-inch fish whose dramatic downfall forced water cutbacks to cities and farms during the most recent drought – suffered through its seventh-lowest year on record in 2012, according to data released this week by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.