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Coalition response…This editorial does not include the complete information surrounding the court ruling that allows supplemental water to be sent down the Trinity River from Trinity Reservoir. During the court proceedings, the U.S. Department of Interior reduced the amount of water they wanted from up to 109,000 acre-feet to just 20,000 acre-feet. It was evident that the scientific arguments they had put forth for the higher amount were not justified.
In his ruling, Judge O’Neill wrote that “all parties have prevailed in a significant, responsible way.”
All parties must now work together in reaching a long-term approach to managing requests for supplemental water that is balanced and scientifically supportable.