Decision may have water implications for Stockton

Alex Breitler, Stockton Record

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Central Valley steelhead were properly listed as a threatened species despite the fact they interbreed with rainbow trout, a decision that sides with fish agencies and environmentalists.

The ruling may have water supply implications for Stockton, said Kevin Kauffman, general manager of the Stockton East Water District.

Stockton East joined five other districts – South San Joaquin, Merced, Modesto, Oakdale and Turlock – in challenging the steelhead listing by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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