Klamath irrigators to get their fill of water
Federal water managers have asked a federal judge for permission to send extra water down the Trinity River of Northern California, if necessary, to offset low flows from the Klamath Basin.
Officials of the Bureau of Reclamation said flexibility to release more water into the Trinity would help them head off another fish kill, while a series of other measures would let them fulfill the water needs of Klamath farmers and protected suckers and coho salmon.
But conservation and fishing groups and American Indian tribes will argue at an April 29 court hearing in Oakland, Calif., that the federal approach does not supply enough water for fish in a year when the Klamath Basin's water supply stands at scarcely half its normal amount.
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