Judge upholds water for Klamath salmon

Oct 2, 2014 1:39 PM by News Staff

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a federal water agency did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in Northern California's Klamath River survive the drought.

But U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill in Fresno, California, wrote in his ruling Wednesday that the next time the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wants to release Trinity Reservoir water for Klamath River salmon, it needs to cite a better legal authority.

The Westlands Water District and the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority had sued the bureau to stop the releases, arguing the water should have been saved for farms facing the drought.

As the drought continued this year, the bureau again made special releases for Klamath salmon, which the judge also refused to stop.

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