California Department of Fish and Wildlife Issues Incidental Take Permit for Long-Term Operations of the State Water Project
May 6, 2020
Argent Communications Group
On March 31, 2020, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) issued an Incidental Take Permit (ITP) to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) for the long-term operations of the State Water Project (SWP). The permit, which is intended to minimize impacts to Delta smelt, longfin smelt, and winter and spring-run chinook salmon (Covered Species) from SWP operations, has attracted controversy from both the environmental community and water agencies with an interest in SWP operations.
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