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