River Watch

Tribal Harvest 2014 Allotment of Adult Fall Chinook Salmon Low

Official harvest allotment numbers for this year’s run of adult fall Chinook won’t be released for another two weeks, but preliminary reports indicate they’ll be less than a third of last year’s. Read More →

Klamath Tribes Negotiate Water Deal With Oregon Ranchers

Farmers and ranchers in the Upper Klamath Basin agreed to restore fish habitat and push for removal of four dams on the Klamath River less than a year after the Klamath Tribes exercised their senior water rights to cutoff irrigation in the area. Read More →

Local Drought Preparations Continue Despite Recent Rains

Communities in the Klamath-Trinity region are moving ahead with emergency drought plans despite the recent rains that sent much-needed water into local streams and reservoirs. Trinity Lake is holding 1,263,380 acre feet of water – around 52 percent of its total capacity – up by 5 percent from where it was just a month ago. Read More →

River Activists Visit Amazon Villages

The Brazil trip was an eye-opener as well for the seven locals who just returned from their travels there. It was their political statement of unity that would link the South American villagers with there own efforts to remove four dams from the Klamath River. One of them, Mahlija Florendo, is a 16-year-old junior at Hoopa High. She said she traveled before with family to Mexico, Canada and even France, but those were just vacations. Read More →

California Lawmakers Push Senate Bill to Ship Water South During Drought

With severe drought gripping the Western United States, several Hoopa tribal officials are in Washington D.C., where the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee is debating a bill designed to “maximize water supplies for famers.” Read More →

A River Runs Through Us

The Karuk Tribe and two other Orleans-based groups invited their neighbors last week for an update on the condition of the Klamath River and also to share a supper of venison stew. It was preaching to the faithful and to newcomers alike. More than 100 people attended. Read More →

Changes in Store for Trinity River Fish Hatchery

A host of negotiators with a stake in Trinity River fish, including the Hoopa and Yurok Tribes, are reportedly close to settling a lawsuit over hatchery operations. Read More →

Shasta River Deal Struck

The agreement comes less than 10 months after the Karuk Tribe and environmental group Klamath Riverkeeper filed suit against Montague Water Conservation District (MWCD), which operates Dwinnell Dam and supplies water to farmers in the Shasta Valley. Read More →