FRESNO (AP) — A U.S. District judge in California has temporarily halted the planned releases of water from a Northern California reservoir to prevent a salmon kill in the lower Klamath River.
The judge ordered the releases from the Trinity Reservoir temporarily stopped until Aug. 21.
The order comes after farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley sued the federal government over the releases, alleging they would be unlawful and would further decrease the little water available to them for irrigation.
In 2002, lack of water left tens of thousands of salmon in the Klamath dead before they could spawn.
This year, authorities expect a large fall run of salmon, yet the river is extremely low.
Environmental groups and Indian tribes say the order to stop the releases could be disastrous for the salmon.