Court maintains river flows for Northern California salmon

“FRISCO — Life has been tough for California’s freshwater fish during the state’s extended drought. But some salmon in the northern part of the state will have a fighting chance after a federal judge last week decided to maintain a key flow program aimed at boosting flows in the Trinity River.

“The Trinity is a tributary of the Klamath River, where major salmon runs are currently facing the threat of a major fish kill due to the drought. U.S. Judge Lawrence O’Neill, based on Fresno, California, ruled that the risks from shutting down a federal program to release additional reservoir water to protect the salmon were too great, and the potential benefit to irrigators too uncertain.

“The ruling came in response to a request by a coalition of California Central Valley agribusiness and irrigators to turn off the water in the Trinity River.”  Sourced through Scoop.it from: summitcountyvoice.com

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