Klamath River Indians and activists protest at Bureau of Reclamation headquarters in Sacramento on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Seventh Generation Fund
Feds will release Trinity reservoir water to avoid a salmon kill in the lower Klamath
Just three days after hundreds of Native Americans and activists protested outside the Bureau of Reclamation’s regional headquarters in Sacramento, the federal agency announced Friday that it will release extra water from the Trinity River reservoir to prevent a massive salmon-kill in the Lower Klamath River.
Indian tribal members, Humboldt County officials and river activists have been campaigning for extra Trinity water since early July, when Reclamation announced that it would only release water if dead and diseased salmon started appearing.
Indian tribes and river activists said that conditions were primed for a repeat of the 2002 fish-kill, when river diversions to Central Valley farmers during a drought led to the death of 60,000 adult salmon in the Lower Klamath River, leaving an ominous smell of death that tribal members say they’ll never forget.
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