[env-trinity] Trinity Journal: Stokely to speak in Hayfork Sept. 18 on ‘Peripheral Tunnels’ plan

Tom Stokely tstokely at att.net
Wed Sep 5 12:21:57 PDT 2012

Stokely to speak in Hayfork Sept. 18 on ‘Peripheral Tunnels’ plan
Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 6:15 am
Tom Stokely will be the special speaker at the next Hayfork Cooperative meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Northern Delights coffeehouse on Main Street in Hayfork. Come learn more about our precious resource here in Trinity County — water — from someone who has been a leader in the huge fight to protect it for many years.
Stokely, a former Hayfork resident and Trinity County natural resources planner now with the California Water Impact Network (C-WIN, online at www.c-win.org), will discuss the implications of Gov. Jerry Brown’s “Peripheral Tunnels” project on the Trinity River, the state of Jefferson and all of California.
On July 25, Governor Brown announced his plan to drill two 33-foot tunnels 150 feet under California’s Delta, big enough to siphon the entire Sacramento River to thirsty San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California cities. Previous plans to build a Peripheral Canal were defeated by California voters in 1982 during Brown’s first tenure as governor of California.
Stokely lived and worked in Trinity County for 27 years prior to retiring from the Trinity County Natural Resources Division in 2008. He worked for 20 years on passage and implementation of the 2000 Trinity River Record of Decision that reallocated water back to the Trinity River for fishery restoration. He now works for the California Water Impact Network and lives in Mt. Shasta. He is a public member of the federal advisory committee for the Trinity River Restoration Program, the Trinity River Adaptive Management Working Group.
The California Water Impact Network promotes the equitable and environmental use of California’s water, including instream uses, through research, planning, public education, and litigation.
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