Regional News: Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

Site of the potential intake for the delta tunnel project in the north Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, near Freeport. /Katie Cahill /CNS

By Rebecca Beitsch | The Hill

President Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty agriculture industry and growing population further south.

The ceremonial order comes after the Department of the Interior late last year reversed its opinion on scientific findings that for a decade extended endangered species protections to various types of fish — a review that had been spurred by the order from Trump. 

Trump said the changes to the “outdated scientific research and biological opinions” would now help direct “as much water as possible, which will be a magnificent amount, a massive amount of water for the use of California farmers and ranchers.”

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