Judge says better management of delta needed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The government’s management of the Sacramento delta runs afoul of sound science and a new management plan is needed for a region that supplies most of the state’s water, a federal judge ruled on Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Oliver Wanger in Fresno said federal and state water agencies have failed to adequately protect fish called smelt when pumping water from the delta. He said he wanted a new plan proposed within 30 days. “The Delta smelt is undisputedly in jeopardy as to its survival and recovery,” Wanger wrote in tossing out a 2005 pumping plan developed by federal scientists, who found the current program didn’t jeopardize the fish. That finding was “arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law.” Giant pumps are constantly sucking water out of the delta and sending most of it to thirsty Southern California cities via an aqueduct visible along long stretches of Interstate 5. Lowered water levels in the delta are bad news for the smelt because their habitat often becomes warmer and saltier than they are accustomed. The Fish and Wildlife Service in July 2004 said the Bureau of Reclamation’s water management plans would not jeopardize endangered and threatened delta fish. It renewed the scientific opinion in February 2005. The Natural Resources Defense Council and five other environmental groups sued the Fish and Wildlife Service in February 2005. The action followed the federal agency’s ruling that said increases in state and federal pumping from the delta to benefit farmers and Southern California cities would not harm federally protected delta smelt. The environmentalists asked a federal court to invalidate that opinion, which Wanger did late Friday. “I think it sends a pretty clear message to the agency that they can’t treat the delta like a piece of plumbing,” said Earthjustice attorney Andrea Treece, who represented many of the environmentalists who sued.last_img read more

Yaya Toure is not irreplaceable for Manchester City, claims McGuinness

first_imgtalkSPORT’s man in Manchester, Dom McGuinness, says Yaya Toure is no longer irreplaceable for Man City, something that could explain his recent pledge to stay at the club after a summer of rocking the boat.Toure’s agent sparked speculation over his future just days after City lifted the Premier League title in May, telling talkSPORT the powerhouse midfeidler was ‘very upset’ with the club after they failed to celebrate his birthday.The 41-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and – more recently – to Manchester rivals United, but the Ivorian instead revealed he would honour his contract at the Etihad Stadium.And, asked about Toure’s future, McGuinness told the Sunday Scoreboard: “He’s probably going to be stuck where he is whether he likes it or not.“Yaya’s in a situation now at 31 where maybe those big moves that were mooted a while ago aren’t going to happen, so then what can he do? That’s probably why there has been the big turnaround”.The power is now firmly in the Manchester club’s hands, according to McGuinness, with Toure not irreplaceable given City’s plans to further strengthen this summer as well as their financial muscle.“He is a key player and a unique player, with the way he can pop up and score so many goals. He’s a very very special player, but of course, there isn’t anyone that can’t be replaced in some shape or form.“He’s not so unique as to keep peddling stories with his agent suggesting moves, suggesting he’s not happy and expect that the club will always stand by him.“With Manchester City’s power financially and the fact that they have a fantastic squad already that will be added too, there comes a point, so he’s replaceable.”last_img read more