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California Temporarily Curbing Water To Spare Vanishing Fish

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(AP) - Authorities in California plan to temporarily reduce water deliveries for up to 25 million in Central and Southern California.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says current water conditions in the California Delta pose especial peril for the state's nearly-extinct Delta smelt. The endangered smelt were once plentiful, but giant water pumps pulling from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers delta have helped make them endangered.

Thursday's actions means authorities will start reducing water deliveries from the California Delta on Friday. Water deliveries are an intensely political topic in the state, with farmers often vying with environmental groups.