SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Commercial fisherman have filed a lawsuit accusing California officials of not leaving enough water in a Northern California river for coho salmon.

The lawsuit filed Thursday says the State Water Resources Control Board and Siskiyou County allowed groundwater well permits that have depleted the Scott River.

The plaintiffs say the endangered coho salmon are now on the verge of extinction in the river.

A spokesman at the State Resources Water Control Board, William L. Rukeyser, says the lawsuit appears to raise many theories about pumping that are not established in California law.

He says the state does have the authority to regulate groundwater as the fishermen claim.

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