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Trinity River's Flow to Be Increased

April 27, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The Trinity River will soon be rushing again, when Bureau of Reclamation workers release more water from Lewiston Dam on Sunday. The releases are to comply with a judge's order for 40% of the water to stay in the river, compared with 30% last year. Years of water diversion to Central Valley farms and utilities have diminished the Trinity.

The higher, faster flows caused by the releases could be bad for trout fishing because the fish can get disoriented and swim into areas they are not used to. But the releases will make it easier for salmon to spawn and for juvenile salmon to make it to the ocean.

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