The Service carefully evaluated the impact of CVP/SWP water operations on imperiled species including Delta smelt and 15 terrestrial species that could be impacted. The delta smelt lives in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the West Coast's largest estuary that supplies water to Central Valley farms and millions of Southern California residents. Yet a survey of young adult smelt in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta last fall yielded just eight fish, the lowest level since 1967. The weaponization of Delta Smelt in the California water wars. The numbers suggest the delta smelt, indeed, could be wiped out soon anyway. The Delta smelt case in the 9th Circuit is San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water … The delta smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus) is an endangered slender-bodied smelt, about 5 to 7 cm (2.0 to 2.8 in) long, in the family Osmeridae. Second, it shows that during the 2012-16 drought, protections of the delta smelt accounted for a minuscule constraint on water project exports in California (only 1.2% of actual water … The “Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy” released Tuesday by the California Natural Resources Agency calls for allowing between 85,000 and 200,000 acre-feet of extra water … Fish and Wildlife Service Comments The state and federal water contractors and their political promoters, including Congressman Devin … In a March 2012 trawl survey, wildlife officials found 296 fish. Delta smelt, a protected species found in California, and blamed for water rationing by Donald Trump Peterson, B. Moose / U.S. Only 1% of Central Valley flows “wasted to the sea” to protect Delta smelt. Deirdre Des Jardins writes, “On the Sean Hannity show this week, Donald Trump told the audience, “California is gonna have to ration water.You wanna know why? The proposal includes habitat management measures in the Delta and entrainment management related to water exports in the South Delta. A February hearing on that case was postponed until after the Delta smelt decision was handed down. Amid this turmoil the unassuming delta smelt was taken up by farmers and their political backers as a symbol of how environmental regulations “waste” water that could better be used to … An identical sampling a month later found 143.