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Vineyard manager Paul Foppiano sits by a water pumping station at Foppiano Vineyards in Healdsburg, Calif., Thursday. Sonoma County winemakers are stomping mad at new regulations that would greatly limit the pumping of water from the Russian River, a plan meant to protect struggling fish populations. Foppiano Vineyards is the county's oldest family owned winery founded in 1896.(

Grape growing, fish protection clash in Calif.


HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) -- Grape growers in Northern California's cool, fertile Sonoma County wine region are stomping mad at a new plan to limit the amount of water vineyards can pump from local rivers and streams to protect crops from frost -- a proposed regulation meant to safeguard coho salmon, a species on the brink of local extinction.

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