Klamath River

The drought in California will only get more acute as we leave the rainy season behind. 

And there are some situations that are akin to being aboard a ship approaching an iceberg with no steering. 

Like the presence of parasites in the Klamath River which thrive in warm water. 

The Yurok Tribe and other participants in Klamath water-quality efforts can do little to avert a major fish kill due to the parasites and other factors. 

Back To The River: Atkinson On The Klamath

Feb 18, 2015
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A new documentary on the Klamath River and the efforts to restore the Klamath Basin is due next month. 

Producer and former Oregon state senator Jason Atkinson is putting the final touches on the project. 

The group Oregon Wildlife hosts Atkinson discussing the project tonight (Feb. 18, at 6:30 at the Craterian) in Medford. 

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Restoring the Klamath River and the lands around it is far more than a conservation project; political decisions will have to be made to make it all  happen. 

Jason Atkinson was a politician himself, a longtime member of the Oregon legislature and a candidate for governor. 

His latest work steps outside the political system: a documentary film on efforts to restore the Klamath Basin. 

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It's a mouthful to say or spell "ichthyophthirius multifiliis," so most people just pronounce it "ick." 

Long or short, it's the name for a disease capable of killing fish by the thousands in the drought-stressed Klamath River

And there's evidence of a significant ich infestation in the river again this year. 

Shasta River Settlement

Jan 13, 2014
Klamath Riverkeeper

It's not just the dams on the Klamath River that are the subject of scrutiny in Northern California.

The Karuk Tribe and an environmental group filed suit more than a year ago to change the way irrigation dams and diversions are managed on the Shasta River.