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Dam removal could help Tribes
March 9, 2006 by STEVE
KADEL H&N Staff Writer
“These fish have had a
subsistence and cultural importance to the
Tribes,” said Doug Tedrick of the Bureau of Indian
Affairs. “They are a natural resource that is
important to the Tribes. They have a treaty right
to harvest these fish that they are not able to
enjoy because they are endangered.”
“They told me the suckers are not running yet, but they expect them in a week or two in the ladder,” Northrup said. “They did see three large trout in the ladder.
“They also told me they
have tracked suckers they have tagged in the
ladder as far upstream as the Sycan Marsh.”
“Some fish can zip right
up, but others have more trouble,” he said. “It
doesn't block passage, but it impairs passage.
It's been identified as one of the causes of their
environmentalists, the Tribes, and federal, state
and local officials all support removal. The BIA
and Modoc Point Irrigation District are working
together on the project.
That includes the BIA paying to build the pumping plant as well as for its maintenance. The agency also will pay electricity costs to pump water to Modoc Point, where 5,000 acres are cultivated.
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