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BOR Dodges Water Needed For Historic Klamath Salmon Run

Eureka, CA - The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) hasn't decided to release additional flows for Klamath salmon even though scientists sounded the alarm months ago that additional flows for a historically large run of salmon will be needed in less than a month.

In a recent letter to Humboldt County and the Hoopa Valley Tribe the BOR suggests the fishery should be fine this year because the Trinity River is having a Normal Water Year and because there has been a slight increase in minimum flows in the Klamath River since 2002, when a record 35-70,000 Klamath River salmon perished due to low flows.

The BOR also told the County and the Tribe that it would not let Humboldt County draw on the County's own water right to 50,000 acre-feet of CVP water in Trinity Lake to protect the fish this year.

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