Congressman Doug LaMalfa responded to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s lawsuit to deny Californians much-needed water in favor of growing salmon and smelt populations. A temporary court ruling, announced by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, granted a preliminary injunction to the state’s lawsuit, ultimately blocking the Trump administration’s biological opinions.
“This ruling is an attack on farmers, whose essential work keeps domestically grown food on America‘s table,” LaMalfa said. “Despite the state’s claim, the previous federal rule will cause fish populations, including salmon and delta smelt, to continue to decline. For the state to side with extreme environmental positions shows they have little understanding about our constituents’ livelihoods and sustaining our Ag economy.”