NEVER AGAIN: Tell The Bureau of Reclamation Release Water to Avoid a Klamath Fish Kill
  • Petitioned Ron Reck

This petition was delivered to:

Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office
Ron Reck
Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Falls Office
Jason Phillips
Secretary of the Interior
The Honorable Sally Jewell (Secretary of the Interior)

NEVER AGAIN: Tell The Bureau of Reclamation Release Water to Avoid a Klamath Fish Kill

    1. Petition by

      Regina Chichizola

      United States

A two week comment period just opened regarding the release of Trinity River water to avoid a Klamath River fish kill. The day the government announced the comment period Central Valley farmers  filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue in an attempt to stop the water releases. The Klamath River is extremely low and warm already and the fish kill alert level was recently raised to yellow. Last time a Klamath fish kill occured commercial fishing distasters were declaired for much of California and Oregon and Tribal people suffered from lack of salmon for years after the fish died.

This water is needed to avoid a fish kill because for the last two years Upper Klamath Lake has been overdrawn by farmers, and this year the area is suffering from a drought. This has lead to the Klamath Tribe in the Upper Basin using water rights to protect the lake and the lake's fish, which has shut off water to some ranchers. The river has not gotten enough water. It is low and warm and a large run of salmon is starting to come into the river. Low water coupled with a large run of salmon creates the perfect conditions for a fish kill.


Last time there was a drought and the needs of the Upper Basin trumped the river over 60,000 adult salmon died in the Klamath River. This fish kill lead to years of commercial fishing disasters for California and Oregon’s fishing communities, along with food emergencies for California’s largest Tribes.

To make things more complicated now the Central Valley farmers, which divert the Klamath’s largest tributary, the Trinity River, have entered the Klamath water wars by filing an intent to sue if additional Trinity water is released into the Klamath claiming they are also suffering from water reductions due to drought.

Last year scientists were able to secure additional releases of Trinity River water to avoid a possible large-scale fish kill in the Klamath River. These releases were made and disaster was avoided. Now they are needed again.

We are also asking the BOR and States of California and Oregon coordinate  Klamath and Trinity water planning. This is needed because the Trinity is diverted into Central Valley Project in the Sacramento Valley and the Klamath is diverted for desert farming in the upper basin of the Klamath.

Regardless of who caused the Klamath Crisis action needs to be taken now to avoid a Klamath fish kill.

Mail comments to Don Reck, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019, fax to 530-276-2005, or email


Recent signatures


    1. Call in day to Stop Fish Kill Today!

      Regina  Chichizola
      Petition Organizer

      David Murillo, Region Director Bureau of Reclamation, 916-978-5000
      Sally Jewell, Department of the Interior, (202) 208-3100
      Federal officials at the Department of the Interior recently announced that, unlike previous years, they would not release Trinity River water from Lewiston Dam to avoid a Klamath River fish kill. The Trinity River is the Klamath’s largest tributary and is home to the Hoopa Valley Tribe. The Yurok and Karuk Tribes on the Klamath also depend on the salmon that are affected by lack of water in the Klamath.
      Water will instead go to the Central Valley to allow farmers to irrigate the dry eastern valley. Juvenile and adult salmon are already dying in the Klamath River yet almost 90% of the Trinity River’s water is being sent to the Central Valley. If water is not released from the Klamath's largest tributary, the Trinity, there is little doubt we will have a repeat of the 2002 Klamath River fish kill, which killed at least 60,000 adult salmon. The last fish kill lead to disaster declarations, and severely hurt the West Coast fishing industry. We cannot let this happen again.
      Call The Department of Interior now and say it is politics, and not science and reason, which are stopping the release of Trinity water. A preventative release of Trinity water needs to happen now.

    2. Petition for water for the Klamath Salmon this year.

      Regina  Chichizola
      Petition Organizer

      Please sign this year's petition. Fish are already dying, yet the government said they will not release water until fish are dying. They will instead send Trinity water to the Sacramento during a drought.

      Sally Jewell, Department of Interior: Stop a Klamath Fish Kill: Release Trinity Water

      Federal officials at the Department of the Interior recently announced that, unlike previous years, they will not release Trinity River water from...

    3. Reached 6,000 signatures
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    Reasons for signing

    • jerry snyder SOLDOTNA, AK
      • 4 months ago

      i was raised in mccloud this is importent to me

    • Tim Kent CLOVIS, CA
      • 6 months ago

      I support the fishing industry and fishing sportsman

    • Valerie Eisman PORTLAND, OR
      • 6 months ago

      Salmon are critical food supply for individuals. Farmers can conserve water. Jerry Brown took an undue amount of water from the Northern California reservoirs but not the Southern California reservoirs.

    • Margaret Robbins HOOPA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      A healthy river conducive to a healthy fish population is a priority!

    • Simone Groves ARCATA, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Regulation of the rivers, especially in tribal areas is something that should function according to the needs of the animals and the tribes before the needs of the farmers. Let Nature lead the way.


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