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Trinity River restoration will flow on
The 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals rejected a request by water users
in the Central Valley of California to reconsider an
earlier decision allocating more water to support
fish runs in the Trinity.
Water from the upper
Trinity River is diverted into the Central Valley
for use by irrigators, city water districts and a
power company. Indian tribes have for years sought
to decrease the amount of water diverted.
With the request for a
rehearing rejected, the only option left for the
water users is to take the case to the U.S. Supreme
In April, the 9th
Circuit sided with the Hoopa Valley Tribe and Yurok
Tribe, and ordered implementation of a federal plan
drawn up 20 years ago to reduce diversions and carry
out habitat restoration efforts on the river.
Hall said the district
has 90 days to appeal to the Supreme Court. He said
the district's lawyers are evaluating its options.
If the 9th Circuit
ruling stands, a federal plan for higher flows and
restoration in the Trinity will be in place by next
Dan Keppen, executive
director of the Klamath Water Users Association in
Klamath Falls, said it is unclear whether the 9th
Circuit ruling will be good or bad for the Klamath
"If it is cold water
and it is at the right time, it is a good thing," he
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