The San Francisco Bay-Delta is the largest estuary on the West Coast and is home to some of the most endangered species in the United States. It is also the hub of California’s water delivery system, providing water for farms and cities in the state’s parched central and southern regions. For more than a decade, federal and state agencies collaborated to synchronize federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and California Endangered Species Act (CESA) protections to try to ensure the survival and recovery of Delta smelt, winter-run Chinook salmon, and other imperiled species while meeting other demands.
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