California

Salmon and People's Health Intertwined

Karuk Tribal members' health is declining because the Klamath River salmon that used to make up most of their diet are declining, says a Washington Post article [scanned copy available below] published yesterday. The salmon that once amply supported the Tribe are now an endangered species, blocked from their habitat by dams and diseased or killed by poor water quality on their seasonal runs.

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License Application Filed for Nation's Tallest Dam

California' s Department of Water Resources officially filed its application for a new license for the Oroville project. From DWR' s January 26th press release:
 

Milestone Reached in Relicensing DWR's Oroville Facilities

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today filed an application for a new federal license to operate its Oroville Facilities -- the heart of the State Water Project.

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Studies Show PacifiCorp Could Remove Dams Safely, Cheaply

Contact: Steve Rothert, American Rivers, 530-277-0448
Curtis Knight, California Trout, 530-926-3755
Chuck Bonham, Trout Unlimited, 510-528-4164
Brian Barr, World Wildlife Fund, 541-488-2716

Hatchery Policy to Determine Future of Wild Salmon Runs

You may have seen our billboards up in Sacramento (on I-80 East near Leisuretown), Seattle (corner of 4th and Cherry), and Portland (corner of Burnside and NW 22nd).

Whether or not you've seen the billboards, you should visit the Why Wild website to learn:

  • Why wild salmon are special and important
  • Why a proposed federal hatchery policy does not protect wild salmon
  • What you can to restore protections to wild salmon.

A recent press release:

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