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Klamath River: Salmon Protection

Case 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

August 16, 2013 | Blog Post

Crisis In Court: Mega-farms Trying to Seize Salmon Water

Powerful business interests are in court trying to seize that water from the Klamath/Trinity River system, putting tens of thousands of salmon, and an entire generation of their offspring, in peril.

August 13, 2013 | Legal Document

PCFFA Opposition to TRO on Trinity Water Releases for Salmon

The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations represented by Earthjustice, filed papers today in the U.S. District Court in Fresno defending the planned release of Trinity River water to keep salmon alive.

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