Karuk Tribe
Pelican Network
Water Watch
Northcoast Environmental Center
Salmon River Restoration Council
Pacific Coast Federation of
Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA)
Oregon Natural Resources Council
South Fork Trinity Land Conservancy
Redwoods and Rivers Rafting
Mattole Restoration Council
Friends of the Eel River
California Save Our Streams Council
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN)
Klamath Basin Coalition
Yurok Tribe
Radio KIDE-FM - Native People's Media
Trees Foundation
Friends of the River
Piercy Watershed Association
Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center
Klamath Forest Alliance
California Trout

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Lower Klamath Photo by Jodi Frediani

New Photo Essay J.C.Boyle Dam by Steve and Katherine Pedery

Salmon Gallery - Photos of Klamath Bioregion
Klamath Restoration Council forms

Salmon Summit
Saturday, December 7, 2002, more than 50 individuals, group representatives, elected officials and business managers met at the Yurok Tribal Headquarters in Klamath. They came together to share information about the notorious fish kill -where at least 33,000 fish died in just a few days near the the mouth of the Klamath River.
The infamous fish kill on the lower Klamath shocked Native Americans and environmentalists.
Information sources on the web

Tide•Pool - News for the Rain Forest Coast
Salmon: Spirit of the Land and Sea
Wild Salmon News
For the Sake of the Salmon
Salmon Home (Riverdale School)
Save Salmon and Steelhead • Idaho Rivers United
State of the Salmon - EcoTrust

(photo at left) Tributary to North Fork Salmon

Federal whistleblower quits, alleges politicization of science
Michael Kelly statement

Did Bush underwrite the fish kill to elect a Senator?

Report supports critics of water diversion • NY Times

Salmon kill blamed on water sent to farmers • SJ Mercury

Tapping the Trinity Oregonian

Palo Alto pulls out of power users suit - Port of Oakland pulls out, too

Yuroks and the River - SF Chronicle story


Marble, Russian and Salmon Wilderness

Trinity and Klamath Rivers provide one of the world's greatest anadromous fisheries. These are salmon and steehead trout that spawn in mountain streams and swim to the sea to live as adults for two or three years. Then they swim back to the streams of their birth to spawn and die.

Exploitation of the natural resources of this region during the Gold Rush severely hurt the native people, and the fishery. After 70 years of extensive mining of the rivers, and hard won treaties with the U.S. Government, Native People began returning to their homelands to fish and live.

Although the native fishery was severely strained at times, a sustainability was evolving.

Native People worked and lived along the rivers. American fishing businesses came too, and a co-existence developed.

Then came a grand scheme to divert the waters from the rivers. Dams and tunnels were built to take the water to agri busines. It worsened, so, in recent years, only 10 per cent of the river water actually flows in the lower reaches of the rivers. The rest goes to agribusiness.

Many lawsuits have been argued in court. Lawyers and corporation farms that grow very profitable crops in the desert with our river water have become rich. Taking the water out of the rivers has brought the once great fisheries to the brink of extinction.

With continuing demand for agribusiness and Southern California development, we are fighting for the survival of the water and the fish. We are creating a coalition of concerned citizens to oppose this diversion, and want you to join us. Our purpose is to return the water to the rivers.

Where does the water go? Read Mike Millstein's story from the Oregonian: "Tapping the Trinity"
90% of the River is diverted to Westlands Irrigation District, where farmers grow cotton and 800 million government subsidized T-shirts are produced each year. The fish are dead but the T-shirt business is thriving.

In the call to the Salmon Summit, Susan Masten, Chairperson of the Yurok Tribal Council said:
"It is imperative that we become a concerted voice to avoid another disaster like the one caused by the Bureau of Reclamation's water flow reductions this past year."
Fact and Fiction on the Klamath River Fish Kills and check out what WaterWatch is doing to restore balance to the Klamath basin.


Upper Trinity

Two Wilderness Society reports

Klamath Basin:  A Western Everglades

Suppressed Government Report Shows Klamath Irrigation is a Bad Investment

The Klamath Basin in northern California and southern Oregon, with its six National Wildlife Refuges, is among the nation's great ecological treasures. But we've severely damaged the area's ability to be a refuge. The Wilderness Society is an active partner in the Coalition for the Klamath Basin, dedicated to restoration of the basin's natural values.

Barry McCovey tracks a fish by radio telemetry. Fish with a microchip can be monitored during their time in the river system. By their pulse rates the temperature of the water is determined. Here, Barry followed a fish from the mouth of the Klamath River to Bear Island near the Lewiston Dam where it spawned. This effort gathers data measuring the effect of water flow on the health of fish. Read Barry's story, "To the Yurok, Salmon is Everything."

The Salmon River flows into the Klamath. It is one of the purest, least damaged streams in America. Hence it is one of the finest salmon and steelhead spawning runs. Read more at Salmon River Restoration Council

Click the map for large version.

Yurok Tribal member Arnie Nova examines dead salmon on the Klamath after the drastic kill off last Fall.

With the recent fish kills in the Klamath River, the water crisis in the Klamath is even more urgent. Indian Country Today story, Klamath chinook suffer massive die-off

See what the Karuk are doing to protect and expand the Klamath River native fisheries

Send me the Karuk Cultural Ecosystem Restoration videos on a CD.
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Email Address

Links and contacts

Glen H. Spain
Northwest Regional Director
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA)
PO Box 11170, Eugene, OR 97440-3370
(541)689-2000 Fax: (541)689-2500
Zeke Grader
(415) 561 5080

Northcoast Environmental Center
707 822 6918

Steve Pedery • WaterWatch
213 SW Ash, Suite 208
Portland, OR 97204 Tel: 503-295-4039
Fax: 503-295-2791

Tom Stokely
Trinity County Natural Resources Senior Planner,
98A Clinic Ave., PO Box 156, Hayfork, CA 96041-0156
530 628 5949
Member, California Advisory
Committee on Salmon and Steelhead Trout

Jill Geist
Supervisor, County of Humboldt
(707) 476 2395

Emelia Berol
Humboldt Watershed Council

Yurok Tribal Fisheries
Dave Hillemaier

Jack Ellwanger
Box 214
Salmon River Outpost
Somes Bar, CA 95568
530 627 3054

Friends of Trinity River
Byron Leydecker

Jimmy Smith
Supervisor, County of Humboldt
707 476 2391

Mattole Restoration Council
Freeman House


Oregon Natural Resources Council
5825 N. Greeley Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

Telephone: 503 283 6343
Fax: 503 283 0746


Joseph Orozco, Station Manager
P.O. Box 1220
Hoopa, CA 95546

Sydney King and Jeff Hedin
Piercy Watershed Association

Trees Foundation
Po Box 2202
Redway, CA 95560
707 923 4377
707 923 4427 fax

Friends of the Eel River
PO Box 2305
Redway, CA 95560
707 923 2146


Bob Hunter
27 N. Ivy
Medford, OR 97501

Mid Klamath Watershed Council
Blythe Reis
PO Box 347
Orleans, CA  95556
Phone: 530-627-3379
Fax: 530-627-3880

Rhoby Cook, Director
Northern California Cultural Communications
P.O. Box 650
Hoopa, CA 95546

Reuven Walder and Todd Steiner
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN)
PO Box 400
Forest Knolls, CA 94933
(415) 488-0370
(415) 488-0372 Fax

Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN)
Spawn@Spawnusa.org http://www.spawnusa.org/

Michael Charlton
Redwoods and Rivers Rafting
PO Box 4636, Arcata, CA. 95518

Kristi Shelloner
Independent Media Consultant
Hoopa Valley

David Rose
South Fork Trinity Land Conservancy

Tim Stroshane
P.O. Box 8362
Berkeley, CA 94707-8362
ph: 510/524-6313
fax: 510/528-8645

Dave Hankin

Michael Ives
Humboldt State

Regina Chichizol
Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center
PO Box 102
Ashland, OR 97520

PO Box 332
Williams, OR 97544

Ann Vileisis
Conservation Chair
Kalmiopsis Audubon Society
Port Orford, OR- tel: 541-332-0261

Petey Brucker
Salmon River Restoration Council

E.B. Duggan
"D" Fishing Guide
PO Box 867 Willow Creek, CA 95573
530 629 3554

Ronda Marshall (in memory)

Michael Meuser
Clary-Meuser Research Network


Watercolor by Lil, Grade 5, Riverdale School, Portland, Oregon

Check out our
Salmon Gallery
Photos of Klamath Bioregion



North Fork Salmon River
Photo by Jack Ellwanger

Endangered Species Chocolate Company Salmon Bar

Is where to find Emelia Berol's "Waters of These Mountains - Restoring the Trinity River."

Mamma Llama is a music and coffee house in Weaverville with a lot of soul. 530 623 6363

Susan Alexander, an art teacher in Trinity County, wore her Salmon Hat at the Weaverville Salmon Festival. The hat is an art project for children. It will be an art activity in a fourth grade curriculum unit to teach youngsters about the importance of restoring native fisheries.