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Valley Farmers could find their water deliveries affected by yet another small fish.

California fish and wildlife managers have labeled the Longfin Smelt a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act.

The decision came after a unanimous vote Wednesday night by the Fish and Game Commission.

Managers say the Longfin Smelt plays a key ecological role in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

In recent years, court decisions aimed at protecting another fish the "Delta Smelt," have restricted water deliveries from the delta. On Wednesday, commissioners also voted to classify  the "tiny delta smelt," which is the cousin of the longfish, as an endangered species.

The news has prompted two water districts into action. The Westlands Water District and the San Luis and  Delta-Mendota Water Authority are now joining forces to try and stop the federal government from enforcing the rules governing the endangered Delta Smelt.

The water districts claim that the new rules will harm Californians who depend on the Central Valley Project water.

Stay with KMPH and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

 

             

 

              

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