"California Governor Pans Republican Water Plan in Face of Drought"

"SACRAMENTO -- California Governor Jerry Brown, whose state is facing its worst drought in decades, harshly criticized on Monday an effort by Congressional Republicans to roll back environmental rules limiting how much water agencies can pump out of the fragile San Joaquin-Sacramento River delta in dry years."

"The emergency legislation would allow state and federal water managers to send water to farms and communities in California's parched breadbasket next summer, when the impact of the drought begins to hit hardest. The legislation is scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

It would roll back pumping restrictions imposed over the past two decades that required officials to keep a certain amount of water flowing through the delta to protect fish. In wet years, restrictions decreased, but for the past three dry years, little pumping has been allowed, and barring an onslaught of rain, none is expected to be allowed this year."

Sharon Bernstein reports for Reuters February 3, 2014.

Source: Reuters, 02/04/2014