The Klamath Basin. Background layer attributed to DEMIS Mapserver, map created by Shannon1, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


It is tough to be a fish in the Klamath River. On the heels of a large fishkill caused by a debris flow following the McKinney Fire comes another fishkill, this time caused by a pathogen, Flavobacterium columnare, more commonly known as gill rot. Hot, tepid waters in the lower Klamath form a perfect breeding ground for the disease. Elsewhere in the Klamath watershed, ranchers are illegally diverting water (at the encouragement of Rep. Doug LaMalfa), creating perilous conditions in the Shasta River, a tributary to the Klamath.

But there is good news too. The final environmental analysis for Klamath River dam removal is complete and dam removal may begin as early as next year.

Guests Craig Tucker, Natural Resources Policy Advocate at the Karuk Tribe, Dave Webb of Friends of Shasta River and Nick Joslin of the Mount Shasta Bioregional Ecology Center join Gang Green to break down what’s happening in the Klamath.


“The EcoNews Report,” Sept. 3, 2022