Here's the lede from yesterday's Fresno Bee story on Judge O'Neill's recent Delta Smelt case ruling (still seems strange to see a Delta Smelt decision from anyone other than former Judge Wagner):
A federal judge in Fresno on Wednesday declined to give federal officials more time to update a plan that protects threatened delta smelt and endangered salmon species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to complete a revised delta smelt plan -- known as a biological opinion -- by Dec. 1, and the bureau and National Marine Fisheries Service are working on a similar update for five salmon species with an April 2016 deadline.
Both plans look at how delta pumping affects the fish.
The agencies had asked for three additional years to finish the updates.
But in an eight-page decision, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill didn't reject the motion outright -- though he said that was his preference. Instead, he gave the federal agencies the option of submitting additional details on a collaborative science and management plan that would include all the various agencies, water users and environmental groups in the updating process.