River Watch

Trespass Marijuana Plantations Wreak Havoc in Trinity Alps Wilderness

Army, National Guard and other law enforcement officers prepare to load the helicopter with irrigation line, garbage and a few remnant marijuana plants./Photos by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers TribuneThe sites encompass habitat of the federally endangered coho salmon, federally threatened northern spotted owl and the Pacific fisher, which was recently proposed for listing as federally threatened. Scientific data conclusively proves how pollution from illegal marijuana cultivation has further degraded habitat quality for each species and how bioaccumulating rodenticides, common to illegal cultivation sites, continue to negatively affect the northern spotted owl and Pacific fisher. Read More →

Reclamation Releases More Water to Combat Fish Kill Parasite

After touring the Trinity and Klamath Rivers in early August, Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director, David Murillo (left), at the urging of scientists, tribes and activists, chose to allow more water to flow from the Trinity to prevent a catastrophic fish kill in the Klamath River. /Photo by Allie Hostler, Two Rivers Tribune“This documented presence of ich before the flows arrived does fit the understanding that ich is basically just lurking there at undetectable levels until the right conditions come about and encourage it to spread and grow,” Strange said. “Things were definitely set up for another fish kill and the flows interrupted it, but not at the level that has completely prevented the parasite from getting a foothold and it appears to be on the rise as those flows are ending. Unfortunately, our full preventive flow recommendations were never met and the preseason run size forecast appears to have significantly under estimated the number of salmon coming back to the river this fall.” Read More →

Tribal 2014 Fall Salmon Quotas Set

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) released their official 2014 fall run Chinook harvest guidelines last week, with 27,300 adult fall Chinook slated for tribal harvest on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. Read More →

Fifth District Supervisor Candidates Talk Jobs, Marijuana and More

Incumbent Ryan Sundberg and challenger Sharon Latour each talked about their stances on everything from medical marijuana, to jobs and business creation, to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). Read More →

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 →