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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told Fox News' Sean Hannity last night that the federal government and the courts have "absolutely screwed up in the worst way" by not lifting restrictions on pumping water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

He criticized the regulations, which were issued to protect several species of fish.

"There are federal judges for the salmon, federal judges for the smelt, where is the federal judge for the farmers?" he told Hannity, who was in the Central Valley taping a show on California's water crisis.

Update 10:58 a.m.: The Department of the Interior updated yesterday its "reality check" memo addressing claims made in the debate over the drought and other water issues (h/t The Fresno Bee's E.J. Schultz).

In it, the department notes among other things that temporary pumping restrictions required under the Endangered Species Act were lifted June 30.

This post was updated to clarify the nature of the pumping restrictions referenced in the Department of Interior memo.


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