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WASHINGTON -- Northern California lawmakers asked Monday that California's two senators open up their secret talks with House Republicans on a drought bill.
 
The House Democrats are at odds with Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer over a bill that would make it easier to send more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta to Central Valley farms and weaken protections for fish. They are more alarmed at what might emerge from negotiations between the senators and House Republicans.
 
Feinstein is the lead author of the bill that she managed to get passed by unanimous consent in the Senate last month. House Republicans passed their own, more far-reaching bill in February that would waive endangered species protections, override the federal "wild and scenic river" designation for a short stretch of the Merced River and repeal the restoration of the San Joaquin River, much of which had been dry for decades because of diversions for irrigation.
 
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Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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