Wednesday September 28, 2022

The San Joaquin Valley Sun

If California sees its environmental goals get met, does it really matter who contributed to the success?

Among certain environmental groups, the answer can be boiled down to a single word: “It depends.”

Or, in the the case of a long-standing project by the state’s largest agricultural water district, the powerful Westlands Water District, the answer is a bit longer: “Yes, and no good deed goes unpunished.”

The district faces a skirmish with environmental advocates over an effort to strengthen and restore fish habitat within the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta – including the oft-maligned Delta smelt – in support of long-term goals laid out by California regulators.

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