Posted by Shaunna Bradshaw:
During a dry year, (2002) the Lower Klamath was the scene of one of the worst fish kills in
the history of the US. More than 30,000 salmon died, trapped in warm, shallow
water as they tried to migrate upstream to spawn. A report issued by CDFG,
concludes that low flows, and problems with fish passage and high fish
densities which are related to low flows, had a direct impact on the fish kill.
Currently there are four dams located on the Klamath River in Northern California and Southern Oregon that are in the pre-planning stage of removal. If these dams are removed it will be the largest dam-removal in California history and salmon
would gain 300+miles of historic spawning habitat. The environmental report estimates
an 81.4 percent increase in the post dam removal for the Chinook salmon run.
The federal government after a series of scientific reports, should have a determination by March, 2012, as to whether the benefits of the project will justify the costs.