By Matt Weiser, Sacramento Bee

A lead player in a massive Delta habitat-restoration project is quitting that effort, casting doubt on one of the most important attempts in decades to revive the West’s largest estuary.

The Westlands Water District said in a news release late Monday that it is withdrawing from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan because of “political interference” by the U.S. Department of Interior.

The Obama administration directed the department two years ago to take a more active role in resolving water and environmental problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a water source for 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland.

 

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