[env-trinity] Fwd: Volunteers needed to help prevent another massive kill on the Klamath

Emilia Berol ema.berol at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 22 06:45:56 PDT 2013



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> From: Pelican Network <PelicanNetwork at pelicannetwork.net>
> Date: August 22, 2013, 12:09:48 AM PDT
> To: Coastal Habitat <CoastalHabitat at PelicanNetwork.net>
> Subject: Volunteers needed to help prevent another massive kill on the Klamath
> 
> 
> Pelican Network Newsletter Bulletin
> August 22, 2013
> Volunteers are needed as observers to monitor crisis on Klamath River.  You can help prevent a possible fish kill of massive proportions.  
> 
> In 2002 the Federal Government diverted water from the Trinity-Klamath rivers under political pressure from potato growers.  89,000 chinook (King salmon) died in a ten-day period from toxic algae blooming in low water levels and high water temperatures.  It is expected to happen again if a judge in Fresno lets agricultural interests in Westlands Irrigation District prevent the water release to save the Trinity-Klamath fish.
> 
> You can help prevent the pending tragedy.  Contact California Fish and Wildlife at 707 822 0330
> 
> Health of Salmon on Klamath Being Closely Monitored
> 
> August 21, 2013 by ahughan
> 
> The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking help from the public in monitoring the health of Chinook salmon in the Klamath River and its tributaries. Drought conditions mixed with a larger than normal return of salmon elevate concerns of fish die offs. Small numbers of dead fish are expected this year as an estimated 272,000 fall-run Chinook salmon return.
> 
> CDFW, in conjunction with The Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team (KFHAT) is asking the public to report any unusual numbers of dead fish they see by contacting CDFW Biologist Sara Borok at (707) 822-0330.
> 
> CDFW pathologists have taken samples from the large run of downstream migrating juvenile salmon. The juveniles hold in cold pools at the mouths of creeks as they migrate to the ocean. The purpose of monitoring of these juveniles is to ensure they do not harbor disease that could infect returning adult salmon that occupy the same cold water habitats. At this time no signs of disease outbreaks in the juveniles holding in the cold water pools have been discovered.
> 
> Members of the KFHAT have contacted the California-Nevada Fish Health Center for help with monitoring and assessing disease issues and the Yurok Tribal Fisheries Department is conducting weekly adult fish disease sampling to keep all members apprised of the current conditions.
> 
> KFHAT is also keeping abreast of current fishery and water quality conditions in the Klamath River and its tributaries and will respond with a large-scale monitoring response in the event that there is a fish kill.
> 
> Media Contacts:
> Sara Borok, CDFW Fisheries Branch (707) 822-0330
> Harry Morse, CDFW Office of Communications (916) 323-1478
> 
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> Viewpoints: Court decision on Trinity River water could determine if salmon live or die
> 
> By John McManus
> Special to The Bee
> Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 13A
> Sacramento Bee Viewpoints
> A massive tug of war for water on the Trinity River needed to keep a bumper crop of salmon alive is playing out in a Fresno federal court this week. Officials expect more than 271,000 adult salmon to return to the Klamath and Trinity River within days. In many stretches of the rivers, warm water temperatures lethal to spawning salmon await their return. The Bureau of Reclamation, not wanting a massive fish kill on its hands again, planned to release at least 62,000 acre-feet of cold water from Trinity Lake to cool the rivers. But San Joaquin Valley growers, led by Westlands Irrigation District, said no, that they should be given that water – and they sued to get it.
> 
> Being more than 300 miles away from the Klamath and its main tributary, the Trinity River, many wonder what claim San Joaquin growers have on water from a far North Coast river. If you guessed the industrial growers had made political friends years ago that gave them a stake in the North Coast water, against all common sense and environmental sensibility, you'd be right. The growers have junior water rights, meaning they can access water in extra wet years when there's a surplus, which this year is not.
> So far, signals from the court don't look good for salmon. Salmon advocates and Indian tribes have intervened in the court proceedings to argue for the salmon water.
> 
> If the court ultimately denies the salmon the water they need, the best we can hope for is for an appeals court to reverse such a ruling before it is too late. In the meantime, we also hope that salmon aren't forced to crowd together in the deeper, colder spots, like they did in 2002, which led to disease spreading among them like wildfire, killing more than 65,000 before they could lay their eggs.
> 
> After 2002, the Klamath and Trinity River salmon stocks fell like a rock, leading to massive unemployment in the salmon fishing industry by 2006, and in many coastal communities. It has taken years to restore these runs, and coastal economies are just now starting to come back. 
> 
> There are many workers and families who rely on these salmon as well as Indian tribes on the Klamath and Trinity rivers. Allowing industrial growers more than 300 miles away with junior water rights to divert a river under extreme stress ignores real justice, the salmon fishery and the environment.
> 
> John McManus is the executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, a coalition representing commercial and recreational salmon fishermen and related businesses.
> 
> 
> Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/21/5667454/court-decision-on-trinity-river.html#storylink=cpy
> 
> Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/21/5667454/court-decision-on-trinity-river.html#storylink=cpy
> Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/21/5667454/court-decision-on-trinity-river.html#storylink=cpy
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> 
> Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/21/5667454/court-decision-on-trinity-river.html#storylink=cpy
> 
> Arnold Nova, Yurok Tribe fishery technician, checks dead
> salmon on the Klamath in 2002.
> 
> 
> From Pelican Network on the Klamath - http://www.pelicannetwork.net/
> http://www.pelicannetwork.net/klamathrestoration.htm
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> Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/21/5667454/court-decision-on-trinity-river.html#storylink=cpy
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