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Federal Judge Rules To Release Water Flows From The Trinity River

OPB | Aug. 23, 2013 11:39 a.m. | Portland

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Water releases are resuming from the Trinity River into the Klamath River. A federal judge ruled Thursday to lift an order that stopped the flows.  The release is meant to avert a fish kill in a low water year. 

Trinity River

Trinity River

Bureau of Reclamation

Fresno Federal Judge Lawrence O’Neill canceled his prior temporary restraining order.

Pete Lucero is with the Bureau of Reclamations. He says the amount of water released is not what was originally planned.

Lucero said, “We’ve been delayed on the releases for about a week and a half, and we’re only making releases until the September timeframe, as we indicated in our environmental assessment. We’re not going to be releasing the same amount of water that we would have released had we started earlier; it’s less than what we had originally planned to release.

The Trinity System is the Klamath River’s main tributary and provides salmon habitat. It feeds into the Klamath River, which crosses the Oregon-California Border.  

The Klamath Basin is suffering a severe drought year.

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