[env-trinity] Just heard that Judge O'Neill ruled in favor of the government on Flow Augmentation

Ara Azhderian ara.azhderian at sldmwa.org
Thu Aug 22 19:21:27 PDT 2013


Thanks Tom,



Here is our view...




San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority
PO Box 2157 - Los Banos, CA 93635 - 209.826.9696
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The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority serves 29 member agencies reliant upon water
conveyed through the California Bay-Delta by the United States Bureau of Reclamation's
Central Valley Project. These public water agencies deliver water to approximately
1.2 million acres of prime farmland, 2 million California residents, and millions of
waterfowl dependent upon the more than 100,000 acres of managed wetlands
within the Pacific Flyway.

 Contact:  Dan Nelson, Executive Director                                             Release Immediate
                  San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority                        Aug. 22, 2013
                  Office:  209.826.9696





FLOWS TO BE RELEASED ARE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED



(The following is a statement by Dan Nelson, Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, in response to Judge O'Neill's order lifting the temporary restraining order which prevented the release of water from Trinity Reservoir for use on the lower Klamath River.)


"Today's decision by Judge O'Neill to lift the temporary restraining order which prevented the release of water from Trinity Reservoir results in a significant decrease in the harm originally expected to occur. Yesterday, the United States reduced their stated need of up to 109,000 acre-feet of water, which they claimed just last week was the amount necessary, to now only 20,000 acre-feet. Clearly the scientific justification they provided last week just couldn't hold up.

"We appreciate Judge O'Neill's understanding of the urgency and importance of this matter. We also recognize the burden he placed upon himself by setting aside his heavy case load to allow for the careful consideration of the question at hand. In his decision, Judge O'Neill stated that, "all parties have prevailed in a significant, responsible way."

"While no one knows whether or not this action will alter what would of happened in its absence, it is clear that in order to move beyond this current conflict we must all work together to develop a lawful long-term approach to managing these requests that is balanced and scientifically supportable."



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From: env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us [env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] on behalf of Tom Stokely [tstokely at att.net]
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 7:11 PM
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Subject: [env-trinity] Just heard that Judge O'Neill ruled in favor of the government on Flow Augmentation

Attached is Judge O'Neill's ruling that lifts the Temporary Restraining Order against the flow augmentation.  This is great news for the Trinity River, its salmon, it's people and the rule of law and science.

Tom Stokely
Water Policy Analyst/Media Contact
California Water Impact Network
V/FAX 530-926-9727
Cell 530-524-0315
tstokely at att.net
http://www.c-win.org


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