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River flows will be cut
Published May 11, 2004
Dwindling streamflows in the Klamath Basin will
force the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to curtail
flows in the Klamath River this summer, agency
The result will be sharply lower flows in the
stretch of the river below Iron Gate Dam in Siskiyou
spokesman for a commercial fishing organization said
the move could set up conditions like those that
occurred in 2002 when thousands of salmon died in
the lower Klamath River.
But the scale of the reduction will be subject to
negotiation between the federal government and
Indian tribes in the lower Klamath Basin, which hold
treaty fishing rights.
"We are in another difficult situation with inflow
not being what it was supposed to be," she said.
But last week the agency issued a revised estimate
of 284,600 acre-feet, slightly below the Bureau of
Reclamation's upper range for a "dry" year.
The Bureau's plan to reduce flows could jeopardize
salmon, said Glen Spain of the Pacific Coast
Federation of Fishermen's Associations.
fall 2002, about 34,000 salmon, mostly chinook, died
on the lower Klamath River.
The change in water year types will also be a cause
of concern for Project irrigators, Sabo said.
Conservation is going to be important to get through
this year, he added.
The strategy tailors lake level requirements to changing inflow conditions, and was developed after a more rigid structure nearly caused a temporary shutdown of the Klamath Project last year.
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