Trump’s California water plan troubled federal biologists. They were sidelined

Exclusive: Although scientists recommended otherwise, Trump officials favored political allies over endangered animals, internal emails show

Federal scientists and regulators repeatedly complained they were sidelined by Donald Trump’s administration when they warned of risks to wildlife posed by a California water management plan, according to newly unveiled documents.

The plan, finalized in late 2019, favored the former president’s political allies – farmers upset with environmental protections that kept them from receiving more irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the hub of California’s water network.

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