Protecting the Pacific Fisher

Protecting the Pacific Fisher

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Forestry and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have signed an agreement that will enhance protections for the Pacific fisher on nearly 184,000 acres of land owned by the Oregon Board of Forestry. This includes the Santiam, Gilchrist and Sun Pass state forests as well as other Board of Forestry land in Lane, Douglas, Coos and Josephine counties.

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Lower Klamath Lake NWR to begin receiving water from Klamath Project

Lower Klamath Lake NWR to begin receiving water from Klamath Project

On September 4th, Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge began receiving 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) of Klamath Project Supply through Ady Canal, operated by Klamath Drainage District.  This delivery, on top of water already being provided, comes at a critical time for fall waterfowl migration, and has become available through extensive coordination and efforts by Klamath Project irrigators.

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Commentary: Reality Check - The ESA is not being gutted

Commentary: Reality Check - The ESA is not being gutted

Commentary by, Dan Keppen, Family Farm Alliance

Regulations for this four decades-old law are being updated to better allow federal agencies to accomplish what the Act was intended to do: Recover species.

As you have likely heard, the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Commerce Department’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - referred to here as "the Services" - jointly announced…

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Protection proposed for rare bumblebee found only in Southern Oregon & Northern California

Protection proposed for rare bumblebee found only in Southern Oregon & Northern California

Southern Oregon – Franklin’s bumblebee has the smallest geographic range of any bumblebee species in North America. The hills of southwest Oregon and northern California are where this elusive bee calls home. Although it has always been hard to spot, the bee has not been observed in its native habitat since 2006.

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Lawsuits challenge new water plan

Lawsuits challenge new water plan

Irrigation water users in the Klamath Project will challenge the new federal rules restricting irrigation water supply for the Project. The plan, adopted by federal agencies on April 2, will be in effect for five years, and includes new rules and limitations based on the Endangered Species Act.

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Klamath Irrigators file suit against federal government to protect vested water rights

Klamath Irrigators file suit against federal government to protect vested water rights

Klamath Falls, Oregon — The Klamath Irrigation District, in consultation with the Klamath Water Users Association, filed a lawsuit in federal court to protect vested water rights of families, farmers, and ranchers of the Klamath Basin. The current Federal practice of allocating water across the Klamath Basin is inconsistent with the Reclamation Act of 1902, violates Oregon State Law, and denies due process afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

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Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project Farmers Increase Water Delivery to Lower Klamath NWR

Amidst Uncertainty, Klamath Project Farmers Increase Water Delivery to Lower Klamath NWR

In the face of uncertainty about their own irrigation supplies this summer, farmers in the Klamath Project’s Tulelake Irrigation District are funding water deliveries to Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, a key breeding and feeding ground in the Pacific Flyway.

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COMMENTARY: Klamath Tribes is Being Held to a Different Standard than the other Participants. Why?

COMMENTARY: Klamath Tribes is Being Held to a Different Standard than the other Participants. Why?

Commentary by, Don Gentry, Chairman of the Klamath Tribes

The Klamath Tribes acknowledge the efforts, facilitated by the Department of Interior, to provide opportunity to develop solutions to the Klamath Basin’s ongoing water and fisheries battles.

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Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Reclamation Finalizes Klamath Project Biological Assessment

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The Bureau of Reclamation completed the Final Biological Assessment on “The Effects of the Proposed Action to Operate the Klamath Project from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2029 on Federally-Listed Threatened and Endangered Species.” The document was submitted Dec. 21, 2018 to the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Klamath Tribes Drop ESA Lawsuit

Chiloquin, OR – The Klamath Tribes today announced the dismissal of its lawsuit against the Bureau of Reclamation. The Klamath Tribes maintain that the Bureau has failed–and continues to fail–to meet its obligations under the Endangered Species Act to prevent extinction of C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively).

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Judge Sides with Defendants in Klamath ESA Litigation

Judge Sides with Defendants in Klamath ESA Litigation

Klamath Falls, OR – Yesterday, a federal district court judge for the northern district of California denied a motion for preliminary injunction brought by the Klamath Tribes. The tribe’s request for preliminary injunction asked for higher lake levels in Upper Klamath Lake until a new ESA consultation is complete for two species of suckers that are listed as endangered. The preliminary injunction would have required an immediate halt to irrigation water deliveries in the Klamath Project.

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Reclamation to Increase Water Flows at Iron Gate Dam for Fish

Reclamation to Increase Water Flows at Iron Gate Dam for Fish

This afternoon [April 6, 2018], the Bureau of Reclamation will increase flows below Iron Gate Dam to reduce the risk of disease for coho salmon in the Klamath River. Beginning late this afternoon, flows below Iron Gate Dam will increase from approximately 1,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 6,030 cfs. Increased releases will continue for 72 hours through Monday, April 9. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions on or near the river while flows are high during this period.

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Issuance of Draft 60-Day Notice to Protect C’waam and Koptu

Issuance of Draft 60-Day Notice to Protect C’waam and Koptu

On Friday, February 9, 2018, attorneys for the Klamath Tribes sent a letter to representatives of three federal agencies requesting that Upper Klamath Lake be managed at higher levels throughout the upcoming irrigation season to protect the endangered C’waam and Koptu (Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively).

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