Feds urge extra water to prevent repeat of salmon kill

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“Federal authorities want to send some extra water to the lower Klamath River in Northern California to prevent a repeat of a 2002 fish kill that left tens of thousands of salmon dead before they could spawn.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has proposed releasing additional flows down the Trinity River, the Klamath’s biggest tributary, late this summer in anticipation of record returns of fall chinook.

There is no extra water to be had from the upper reaches of the Klamath River itself, where court battles have long dictated how scarce water is shared between farms and fish.

“We are really glad the bureau is taking this seriously, but we are really concerned that no extra water will be coming out of the Klamath reservoir,” said Regina Chichizola, spokeswoman for the Hoopa Valley Tribe. “It seems that after the fish come past the Trinity River, the ones that come up the Klamath will be in danger of a fish kill.”

The proposal came from a team of scientists from tribes, and state and federal agencies involved in restoring salmon in the Trinity.”

Read more: The Register-Guard


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