Westlands Water District and the San Luis &Delta Water Authority: Allow the Government  to Release Water to Avert a Klamath Fish Kill
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Westlands Water District and the San Luis &Delta Water Authority: Allow the Government to Release Water to Avert a Klamath Fish Kill

    1. Petition by

      Regina Chichizola

      United States

August 2013


Regina Chichizola: Last Thursday a Federal Judge threw out the Temporary Restraining Order that was keeping water from being released from the Trinity River to advert a Klamath River fish kill. We wanted to thank the 50 Hoopa Tribal members that traveled seven hours to Fresno, California to protest the nation's most powerful water district, Westlands. We also want to thank the lawyers and scientists from the Hoopa Valley Tribe, Yurok Tribe, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Association and Earth Justice. The lawsuit is not over, and this is only a short-term fix to a long-term problem but the salmon are now getting much needed water.

NEVER AGAIN: Call in, Fax, email, visit, and write the Central Valley Irrigators that are blocking the flows from being releases to avert a Klamath fish kill.

A day of action is being planned, more info at:


The Klamath and Trinity River salmon are facing dire conditions. Low flows and warm water coupled with an expected large run of salmon are creating the perfect conditions for a Klamath fish kill. During the last fish die off over 60,000 fish died in the Klamath River, devastating local Tribes and coastal fishermen.

The US government has proposed releasing  water from the Trinity River, the Klamath's largest Tributary to advert a disaster in the Klamath, a move the Hoopa Valley Tribe and other Klamath River Tribes and communities support. However Westlands Water District and the San Luis &Delta Water Authority from the Central Valley have filed a lawsuit against using the Trinity River water to aid the Trinity and Klamath River salmon. They have obtained a restraining order for at least 9 days against the release of water from a Fresno judge, a move that puts the salmon at immediate risk. The irrigators only have junior water rights as opposed to River Tribes and are using procedural issues within environmental laws to stall action for the salmon.

When the fish kill of 2002 occurred it devastated California's three largest Tribes, along with fishing communities from Oregon to Central California. We cannot let this happen again. Tell Westlands and the San Luis &Delta Water Authority to pull their TRO and let the court procedures play out without putting the fish at risk of a fish kill. They have already received all the water they will get for this year and are doing this to preserve water for next year, but the fish need water now.


Public Affairs Office
Westlands Water District
PO Box 6056
Fresno CA 93703-6056

559-241-6233 Phone
559-241-6277 Fax
San Luis &Delta Water Authority
Phone: 209.826.9696
Fax: 209.826.9698/209.826.8040
Postal address
P.O. BOX 2157
         LOS BAÑOS, CA. 93635


Recent signatures


    1. Update: We Won: Hoopa tribe protests Westlands water cuts in Fresno

      Regina  Chichizola
      Petition Organizer
      Hoopa tribe protests Westlands water cuts in Fresno

      FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A Native American tribe from Northern California came to Fresno Wednesday. They want a federal judge to allow an increase in the flow of the Trinity River to protect one of the largest salmon runs in history. The protestors outside the Federal Courthouse in Fresno on Wednesday were members of the Hoopa tribe.

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • peter pelletier ESCONDIDO, CA
      • 11 months ago

      it's a crying shame what greed and power has done to these incredible fish. it's our responsibility to do all we can to restore these species to their historic levels.

    • Rafael Torres AUSTIN, TX
      • 11 months ago

      The need to preserve the rivers for our native wild fish is important not only to our ecosystem but for future generations.

    • Gary Hodge FAIRFAX, CA
      • 11 months ago

      $84-million removal of a dam on Carmel River set to begin

      Dismantling of the silt-filled San Clemente, to start next month, is being called California's largest-ever dam removal.

      June 23, 2013|By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times

      More than 90 years ago the San Clemente Dam rose on what John Steinbeck called in a novel "a lovely little river" that "has everything a river should have."

      These days, that's not so true of the Carmel River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean just south of Carmel. The river is overpumped. Flood plain has been lost to development, and the silted-up San Clemente is vulnerable to collapse in an earthquake, threatening 1,500 downstream structures.

      But next month, in what officials say is the state's largest-ever dam removal, work will begin on a three-year project to dismantle the 106-foot-tall concrete dam and reroute half a mile of the river.

      The demolition will open up 25 miles of spawning and rearing habitat for a threatened population of steelhead trout, help replenish sand on Carmel Beach and eliminate a huge headache for the utility that owns the dam.

      "I can't tell you I know anyone who wants San Clemente to stay," said Robert MacLean, president of California American Water, an investor-owned utility that provides water to about 100,000 people on the Monterey Peninsula.

      Built in 1921 about 18 miles from the river's mouth, the dam hasn't been used as a water source for years. Deemed seismically unfit by the state in the early 1990s, it also has suffered the ultimate fate of dams.

      It filled up with sediment. Most of what San Clemente now holds back is dirt and gravel, not water.

      There is enough sediment piled behind the dam's arch to fill 250,000 dump trucks. Figuring out what to do with it was a major challenge. Letting the dirt wash downstream would increase the flood risk. Trucking it out would be expensive and disruptive. Filling up a canyon was an environmental no-no.

      So project managers decided to leave it where it is. Instead of moving the dirt, they are going to move the river channel, diverting half a mile of the Carmel into the bed of a nearby creek that flows into the river just above the dam.

      "It really is innovative," said Joyce Ambrosius, Central Coast supervisor of the federal National Marine Fisheries Service, which has worked with the utility and the California State Coastal Conservancy on the dam removal.

      An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the project, which will cost about $84 million. American Water is putting up $49 million. The state is contributing $25 million from previously authorized bonds, and the federal government is providing $2.4 million.

      The rest will have to be raised from foundations and private sources, including the Nature Conservancy, which has committed $1 million to the effort.

      "We saw this as part of a bigger-picture effort to restore the Carmel River and bring it back to life," said Trish Chapman of the coastal conservancy.

    • Michael Cole JUNEAU, AK
      • 11 months ago

      Salmon and steelhead are an essential part of the ecosystem and they need water.

    • Rickey Baker PETALUMA, CA
      • 11 months ago

      what are we in a dictatorship this is our past, present ,and future, of U.S.A Fishing maybe we should cut there water down south to 450 csi


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