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David Orth's former employer, the Westlands Water District, is known as the "Darth Vader" of California water politics. Westlands recently sued the federal government to block increased releases of water on the Trinity River to stop a fish kill on the lower Klamath River. Fortunately, a federal judge Thursday lifted a temporary restraining order blocking the releases, allowing the Bureau of Reclamation to increase the flows. Photo: Hoopa Valley Tribal members at the federal courthouse protesting against Westlands Water District's lawsuit against increased flows on the Trinity River. Photo by Dan Bacher.