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Talks continue on San Joaquin River settlement

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) ” Congressional lawmakers and officials from 22 Central Valley water districts are meeting to flesh out a compromise on a bill to restore salmon to the San Joaquin River.

Federal legislation is needed to implement the river restoration project, which resulted from a court settlement reached by the water districts and environmentalists a year ago.

But questions over how the project will be funded and whether it would really bring salmon back have hampered the bill’s approval.

Farmers say the plan outlined in the measure sponsored by Fresno congressman Jim Costa would not leave enough water for irrigation. Costa says he hopes Friday’s meeting would help reduce some of the controversy and get the $500 billion measure moving forward.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com