Stop Klamath Fish Kills and Restore the Klamath and Trinity Rivers
The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) is currently taking comments on the Lower Klamath River Long Term Plan and will be having public meetings in Arcata, Calif. on Aug. 5 at 5:30, Weaverville, Calif. on Aug. 6 at 5:30, Klamath Falls, Ore. on Aug. 11 at 5:30 and Sacramento, Cal. on Aug. 12 at 5:30. The BOR is proposing to release water from the Trinity River under certain conditions during drought years in order to avoid Klamath River adult fish kills. This is a necessary step in the right direction, however the BOR is not addressing the facts that up to 100% of the juvenile salmon in the Klamath River are dying during drought years, conditions on the Klamath River above it's confluence with the Trinity River are deplorable, and that continued water exports are diminishing the Trinity River reservoirs, which warms water. It is time for the BOR to commit to providing the water salmon need in the Klamath River. The National Academy of Sciences has stated that Klamath River management cannot be successful until the watershed is managed as a whole. This plan is a step in the right direction, however it is little more then a band-aid, while heavily subsidized farmers continue to de-water much of the upper Klamath River, the Trinity River, and many of the Klamath’s Tributaries during drought and non-drought years. The BOR can save the Klamath Salmon and stop Klamath River fish kills by; 1.) Releasing more water into the Trinity River and providing for cold water storage for the river by reducing water exports from reservoirs, 2.) Restoring flows in the Scott and Shasta rivers, which are currently almost de-watered every year, 3.) Providing more clean water to the mainstem Klamath basin, even if that means Klamath farmers have to reduce water use during drought and low water years, and have to deal with toxic tail water run-off from their flood irrigation, 5.) Move forward with Klamath dam removal, and 6.) Restore wetlands, which naturally filter water in the Klamath River. Written comments will be accepted at the scoping meetings or may be mailed to Paul Zedonis, Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, 16349 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake, CA 96019 or emailed to sha-slo-klamath-LTP@usbr.gov. Written comments must be received by close of business Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. For more information, please contact Zedonis at 530-275-1554 (TTY 800-877-8339).
Westlands Water District and the San Luis Δ Water Authority: Allow the Government to Release Water to Avert a Klamath Fish Kill
NEVER AGAIN: Call in, Fax, email, visit, and write the Central Valley Irrigators that are blocking the flows from being releases to avert a Klamath fish kill. A day of action is being planned, more info at: https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheKlamathTrinitySalmon The Klamath and Trinity River salmon are facing dire conditions. Low flows and warm water coupled with an expected large run of salmon are creating the perfect conditions for a Klamath fish kill. During the last fish die off over 60,000 fish died in the Klamath River, devastating local Tribes and coastal fishermen. The US government has proposed releasing water from the Trinity River, the Klamath's largest Tributary to advert a disaster in the Klamath, a move the Hoopa Valley Tribe and other Klamath River Tribes and communities support. However Westlands Water District and the San Luis Δ Water Authority from the Central Valley have filed a lawsuit against using the Trinity River water to aid the Trinity and Klamath River salmon. They have obtained a restraining order for at least 9 days against the release of water from a Fresno judge, a move that puts the salmon at immediate risk. The irrigators only have junior water rights as opposed to River Tribes and are using procedural issues within environmental laws to stall action for the salmon. When the fish kill of 2002 occurred it devastated California's three largest Tribes, along with fishing communities from Oregon to Central California. We cannot let this happen again. Tell Westlands and the San Luis Δ Water Authority to pull their TRO and let the court procedures play out without putting the fish at risk of a fish kill. They have already received all the water they will get for this year and are doing this to preserve water for next year, but the fish need water now. Public Affairs Office Westlands Water District PO Box 6056 Fresno CA 93703-6056 559-241-6233 Phone 559-241-6277 FaxSan Luis Δ Water AuthorityLOS BAÑOS ADMINISTRATION OFFICE Phone: 209.826.9696Fax: 209.826.9698/209.826.8040Postal addressP.O. BOX 2157 LOS BAÑOS, CA. 93635