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Proponents of lifting pumping restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta aimed at protecting Delta smelt convened at the Capitol today to call for the so-called "God Squad" to intervene in the fight over the water needs of fish, farmers and others.

State Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Merced, (pictured above at microphone) and Republican Rep. George Radanovich joined Rob Rivett, president of the conservative legal group Pacific Legal Foundation, at a press conference this morning where they said the economic impact of the drought should compel President Barack Obama to convene the Endangered Species Committee (a.k.a. "The God Squad") to consider overruling water-pumping restrictions in the Delta.

The Fresno Bee's E.J. Schultz has more on the press conference and the impact the pumps and the drought have had on water supply here.

Photo credit: Torey Van Oot



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