They've Got balls: Water Hogs set up an "Endangered Species" Protection Group
excerpted from: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/10/15/state/n172713D94.DTL&type=newsbayarea#ixzz0U7jhrSXJ
...Executive director Craig Manson said the federal agency should classify the threatened smelt as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
Manson said he believes the designation would lead wildlife scientists to find that the smelt are being harmed by a variety of environmental and human threats, including toxic chemicals and invasive species. Pumping out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by state and federal water agencies has largely been blamed for the smelt decline.
"They need to stop loading all of the blame onto pumping because that's an easy target," said Manson, who oversaw the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior in the Bush administration from 2002 to 2005...
...Westlands Water District was among the water districts that argued the restrictions (on pumping to protect endangered fish) would harm Californians who depend on water from the delta. Its board president, Jean Sagouspe, is also chairman of the board of the endangered species council.read their press release:
their goal is to "generate additional support for environmental statutes"