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Decision on water release due

Editorial: Trinity releases right for salmon, costly for people

(The following comment is posted to the above articles.)

Coalition response…The proposed release of water down the Trinity River is above and beyond the Record Of Decision for the Trinity River that specifies and limits the quantity of water dedicated annually to the fishery. That decision has significantly reduced the amount of water that was historically delivered to the Central Valley Project and farmers in the Central Valley who grow the food we depend upon. Action taken last year by Reclamation to send the additional water down the Trinity was also controversial and provided unclear benefits to the Klamath river salmon. A repeat of that action this year will reduce the water supply to farmers who have had their supplies cut by 80 percent. It is no surprise that water agencies are fighting on behalf of their customers to keep water flowing to their farms rather than losing more water for Klamath River salmon, a fish that is not listed as endangered.

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