Article Last Updated: Monday, September 01, 2003 - 6:13:17 AM PST
By The Times-Standard
ARCATA -- Longtime Trinity River expert Tom Stokely will speak on Sept. 10 at Humboldt State University to outline the river's place in the California water wars.
The HSU Engineering Student Association will hold the free talk in HSU Science Building B at 5 p.m.
Stokely is a senior planner for Trinity County and a key player in developing a restoration program for the river.
Most of the Trinity River has been diverted each year since a project to pipe water to the Sacramento River was built in 1964. Water users, mainly Westlands Water District, pump water from the Sacramento River. Westlands has sued to stop restoration of the river, which would allow nearly 50 percent of the river to flow downstream unimpeded.
The Trinity River is the main tributary of the Klamath River, where 34,000 salmon were killed last September. Most of those fish were bound for the Trinity.
Stokely will talk about how the Trinity River fits into the current water conundrum confronting California.
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