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Delta Watch

Pumping restrictions intended to protect fish that went into effect last week will limit the ability to capture storm flows. The latest restrictions come as another welcomed series of storms is expected to dump more rain and snow on California.

The Bureau of Reclamation has objected to a proposal by State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff to reallocate 200,000 acre-feet of water to keep water cold for salmon. The Bureau cited both procedural and substantive concerns.

According to the Bureau, "...imposition of such requirements, now, could significantly impair Reclamation's and DWR's 2016 operations and are therefore, premature, and appear to be arbitrary."