Water & Drought

Fresno judge denies move to stop water transfers

A federal judge in Fresno on Friday rejected a motion for a preliminary injunction against irrigation water transfers from Northern California to the San Joaquin Valley.

A fishing group and a Northern California environmental advocacy group in June asked the court to stop water transfers, saying federal leaders are jeopardizing the protected delta smelt.

The plaintiffs are AquAlliance and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, both nonprofit groups.

The legal action is pointed at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for approving a water transfer involving the Los Banos-based San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, which represents many Valley water districts, including Westlands Water District.