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Klamath River: Salmon Protection

Overview

Historically, the Klamath Basin in Oregon and California was a vast wetland serving as a vital feeding and resting place for millions of migratory birds and vital habitat for large numbers of salmon. In recent years, however, as a result of the Klamath Irrigation Project, water was diverted away from the Klamath River to irrigate fields devoted to water-intensive crops that could be grown nearly anywhere. The wetlands that were drained and the streams that were dewatered could not be replaced. The birds and fish that depended on the marshes and spawning beds began to disappear.

Case Updates

February 8, 2017 | Legal Document

Court Ruling: Klamath

Order Re Motions For Summary Judgment, Motions To Strike, And Motion To Dismiss. This order addresses parallel motions brought in two related cases, Yurok Tribe v. Bureau of Reclamation, No. 16-cv-6863, and Hoopa Valley Tribe v. Bureau of Reclamation, No. 16-cv-4294.