PCFFA And West Coast Salmon Fishermen Get Court Win in Water Dispute
On Friday, September 6, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed commercial and sports fishermen, biologists and conservation groups a major victory in their efforts to clean up contaminated discharges flowing into the San Joaquin River and Delta.
The pollution was from the Central Valley’s Grasslands Bypass Project. Owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation and local irrigation districts, the Project collects wastewater from 97,400 acres of farmed and unfarmed lands within California’s Central Valley. The Project discharges substantial quantities of selenium and other pollutants into state and federal wildlife refuges and thence the San Joaquin River, the Delta and San Francisco Bay.
The Court unanimously reversed Federal District Judge Kimberly Mueller’s dismissal of their lawsuit against the Project. She ruled...
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