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Central Valley plaintiff's plan to halt Trinity water release

HOOPA- The Hoopa Valley Tribe has been notified that plaintiffs representing Central Valley water agencies and irrigators are planning to seek a temporary restraining order against the Trinity Reservoir water release.

San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District have informed the tribe that they plan to file the paperwork late Monday night or Tuesday.

Hoopa Tribal Chairwoman, Danielle Vigil-Masten said she is frustrated with the lawsuit. Westland Water District filed suit over the release in 2013.

"I don't feel that it's fair that we have to continually battle in court. It costs our tribe hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain our water rights," she said.

News Channel 3 reached out to both agencies for comment, but they did not respond by deadline.

On Monday, in Hoopa, Paul Petros, a fish biologist for the tribe said the water has risen by more than a foot. He also said that most of the algae has cleared from the river.

"The water has a better color to it. temperatures have dropped a little bit, it just looks like a healthier river all together today," he said.