[env-trinity] Redding.com blog: Will REU join Trinity lawsuit?

Tom Stokely tstokely at att.net
Mon Aug 12 11:46:22 PDT 2013


Will REU join Trinity lawsuit?
August 9, 2013 7:10 PM | No Comments
Going back a little over a decade, as the California Water Impact Network's Tom Stokely reminds me, yet another lawsuit over Trinity River water sought to keep it flowing into the Sacramento Valley instead of out to sea. This one was fighting the current "Record of Decision" setting Trinity flows, and Stokely points to the delays in beefing up Trinity flows as partly responsible for the notorious 2002 salmon die-off.

Anyway, back then it was not just Westlands Water District and other irrigators suing, but also Redding Electric Utility and other municipal power companies that have a share of the Central Valley Project's electricity. Some of those cities, if memory serves, were successfully lobbied to drop the lawsuit in the name of the environment, and it eventually settled, leaving the current flows, established by the Clinton administration, in place.

This time around, REU did offer some critical comments about the extra releases and the cost to ratepayers -- which is real -- but Barry Tippin, the utility's director, says it's not pushing the fight any further.

"Currently, REU has no plans to file a lawsuit or join onto one," he emailed.

- See more at: http://blogs.redding.com/bross/archives/2013/08/will-reu-join-t.html#sthash.h1GktnGf.dpuf
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