FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge has declined to grant requests by federal officials for more time to update a plan that protects threatened delta smelt and endangered salmon species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the judge did give officials the option to provide additional details.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working on completing a revised delta smelt plan by Dec. 1. The plan looks at how delta pumping affects the fish.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is working on a similar update for fsalmon, with an April 2016 deadline.
The agencies had asked for three additional years to finish the updates.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/YFQa8h ) that in his decision Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill didn't reject the request, but gave the agencies the option to provide more details on a science and management plan.
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com