A group of Klamath River advocates, united under the banner of “The Klamath Justice Coalition,” is currently en route to Sacramento where they will stage a rally tomorrow, hoping to convince the Bureau of Reclamation to reverse its July 30 decision and release more water into the Trinity and Klamath rivers.
The advocates, including members of the Hoopa, Yurok and Karuk tribes along with fisheries experts, environmental workers and concerned citizens, are hoping to prevent a repeat of the catastrophic 2002 fish kill. In a press release the Klamath Justice Coalition said:
In contrast to previous years, the Bureau announced recently that it would not release additional water into the Trinity River until a fish kill begins. Biologists fear a repeat of the 2002 fish kill when low flows and warm water conditions caused by dams and diversions led to the death of an estimated 70,000 salmon. The rally supports the tribal biologist’s assertion that a minimum of 2,500 cubic feet per second be maintained on the Lower Klamath River.
The rally will take place at noon tomorrow at the Bureau of Reclamation office.