Agency to release extra water for Klamath salmon

  • Fri Aug 22nd, 2014 12:30pm
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By Jeff Barnard Associated Press

A federal agency says it will release more cool, clean water into Northern California’s Klamath River to prevent a repeat of a 2002 fish kill that left tens of thousands of adult salmon dead.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director David Murrillo said Friday the drought has produced low and warm water conditions very similar to those in 2002. Murrillo said the agency recognizes how valuable each drop of water is during the drought, but the conditions pose a threat to fall chinook that have been entering the lower Klamath River in Northern California earlier than normal to spawn.

The extra water will begin being released on Saturday and continue to the middle of September.

Indian tribes have been pressing the bureau to change its July decision to hold off on extra releases.