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Worries over water storage in ‘dry’ year

Trinity River Restoration Program staff shared their recommendations for river flows in the 2015 water year to a skeptical group who argued those plans don’t reserve enough water to contend with the drought.

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Friday 04/17/2015
BOR likely to ramp up river flows beginning Wednesday
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 3:32 pm

The Trinity Management Council has recommended a flow schedule for releases to the Trinity River from the Trinity reservoir based on a dry year designation by the state Department of Water Resources.

The schedule, which still must be approved by Interior Department officials, includes a spring high flow that will begin ramping up from the current rate of 300 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, April 22, reach a high of 8,500 cfs on May 5 and 6, and then drop off. This recommended high spring flow is higher than the 4,500 cfs called for in a dry year by the Trinity River Record of Decision and was recommended by Trinity River Restoration Program staff for fisheries reasons under the adaptive management allowed by the ROD. The recommended schedule makes adjustments to other parts of the schedule so as not to change the total volume of water to the river for the entire year called for in the Record of Decision, 453,000 acre-feet.

The Journal will share a more detailed schedule as soon as possible.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Dry year forecast for basin
Posted: April 15, 2015

The California Department of Water Resources has forecast a dry water year for the Trinity River Basin.

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Trinity Green 2015 in Hayfork
Posted: April 15, 2015

The Watershed Center presents Trinity Green 2015, a workshop providing up-to-date information about land and water use compliance, water conservation, the State Water Board’s new Compliance Program, and best management practices.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Drought pressure
Posted: April 08, 2015

Although last week Gov. Jerry Brown ordered water use reductions across the state, the two largest water suppliers in Trinity County are not immediately requiring their customers to cut consumption.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Drought action urged
Updated: April 01, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Increased water conservation is urgently needed in this worsening drought to have enough water for fish and Trinity County residents who depend on area creeks.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Drought has many weighing their options
Posted: March 25, 2015

Water suppliers and fisheries experts in Trinity County are considering their options as the county heads into another drought year along with the rest of the state.

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Northwest Forest Plan listening sessions planned
Posted: March 25, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service has kicked off a public conversation on the process for revising forest land management plans in the Northwest Forest Plan amendment area. The land management plans within this area guide how national forest resources will be managed for 15 to 20 years and are due for revision.

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Wednesday 03/18/2015
Forest Briefs
Posted: March 18, 2015

Input sought on OHV project

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