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California officials cite fish deaths to push for Delta tunnels

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 am

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water and wildlife officials on Tuesday seized upon the deaths of a rare fish in the water pumps that carry water to California's cities and farms to renew calls for replacing the current pumping system with $14 billion twin tunnels.

The deaths of too many of the protected Delta smelt in recent months have led to a series of pumping restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, officials said. The pumps ferry water to 25 million people and 3 million acres of farmland.

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