[env-trinity] Redding Record Searchlight 2 13 10

Patrick Truman truman at jeffnet.org
Tue Feb 23 17:12:19 PST 2010

Yup, and we want our water back, or $3 (?) an acre foot...
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Robinson, Eric 
  To: Byron Leydecker ; FOTR List ; Trinity List 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 4:58 PM
  Subject: Re: [env-trinity] Redding Record Searchlight 2 13 10

  The Central Valley Project diverts Trinity River water to the Sacramento River above the TCCA irrigators' intake at Red Bluff.  Their "area-of-origin" claims reach up into the Trinity River.

  From: env-trinity-bounces+erobinson=kmtg.com at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us [mailto:env-trinity-bounces+erobinson=kmtg.com at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] On Behalf Of Byron Leydecker
  Sent: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 11:01 AM
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  Subject: [env-trinity] Redding Record Searchlight 2 13 10

  Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority sues feds over water allocations

  Redding Record Searchlight-2/13/10

  By Dylan Darling 


  A north state water irrigation canal operator is suing the federal government, saying it's violating the law by sending water south without first fully supplying agriculture here. 


  "Those were the promises when the Central Valley Project and Shasta Dam were first contemplated," said Jeff Sutton, general manager of the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority. "Now, in a time of scarcity, those promises have not been honored."


  The canal authority filed suit earlier this month against the Bureau of Reclamation, claiming it is operating the Central Valley Project in violation of U.S. and state law.


  Supplying 150,000 acres in Tehama, Glenn, Colusa and Yolo counties, the canal authority is on contract with the reclamation bureau to receive 320,000 acre-feet of water. An acre-foot is enough water to flood one acre of land a foot deep.


  In recent years, the bureau cut deliveries to the canal authority while still sending CVP water down the Sacramento River to agricultural land in the lower sections of the project, Sutton said. In 2008, he said, the bureau gave the canal authority 40 percent of its allotment.


  The canal authority is not seeking any money in the lawsuit, Sutton said, but aims to receive a court order forcing the bureau to supply water as outlined under its contracts.


  The Central Valley Project stretches 500 miles from Lake Shasta to Bakersfield. The bulk of the water for the CVP is collected at Lake Shasta.


  The 140-mile-long Tehama-Colusa Canal starts at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam and supplies 16 water districts.


  Bureau officials did not have any comment on the lawsuit, said Lynnette Wirth, a bureau spokeswoman in Sacramento.



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