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The Obama administration is struggling to keep its head above water in the never-ending fight over Bay-Delta protections.

Often, it is California farmers who denounce the administration for not delivering enough irrigation water. On Monday, though, five California Democratic members of Congress rebuked the administration over a recent agreement signed with water agencies. The three-page letter signed by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, and others complains that the Interior Department is giving water agencies "unprecedented influence" and "long-term guarantees" that may be to the detriment of the environment.

Reps. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove and Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, joined the missive.


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