Environment & Energy Report

California Water Pumping Suits Moved to Eastern District Court

March 23, 2020, 3:07 PM

Two lawsuits challenging the Trump administration’s authorization of plans to increase water pumping from the Sacramento and San Joaquin watersheds will be moved from the Northern District of California to the Eastern District of California, a federal judge ruled.

The lawsuit filed by a coalition of fishermen and environmental groups, and a related case filed by California and its state agencies, allege the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopted two biological opinions for the water projects that put endangered or threatened salmon, steelhead, and Delta smelt at risk.

The groups allege the approval violates...

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