SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- A group of
environmentalists, fishermen and Karuk tribe members filed
suit Thursday to force the regional water board to regulate
discharges of highly toxic algae in the Klamath River.
The lawsuit filed in Sonoma County
Superior Court alleges that the North Coast Regional Quality
Control Board has failed to establish limits on discharges
from California dams and reservoirs owned by Portland,
The plaintiffs - the Klamath
Riverkeeper, the Karuk tribe of California and the Pacific
Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations - have long
pushed for removal of the Iron Gate and Copco dams, which
they claim harms water quality and salmon runs in the river
along the California-Oregon border.
Earlier this year, the groups
petitioned the regional water board to regulate PacifiCorp's
discharges, but the board said it lacked the authority to
regulate the company - a claim the plaintiffs dispute in
Water board officials did not
immediately return calls for comment Thursday.
Last week, a federal judge in San
Francisco ruled that a separate lawsuit filed against
PacifiCorp could go forward.
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