Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Merkley tours sucker recovery program

Senator Jeff Merkley visited Klamath Falls on Monday to tour the rearing ponds at Gone Fishing and the floating net pens on Upper Klamath Lake.  This was Merkley’s first visit to tour the facilities following his Sucker Recovery Event held last fall. Following the summit, Merkley secured $3 million in federal funding for an expansion of the project.

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Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19 [UPDATED to include entire lake - August 13]

Recreational use advisory issued for Upper Klamath Lake July 19 [UPDATED to include entire lake - August 13]

The Oregon Health Authority updated a recreational use health advisory today for Upper Klamath Lake due to the presence of a cyanobacterial (harmful algae) bloom and cyanotoxins (harmful algae toxins) above recreational guideline values for human exposure. The lake is in Klamath County.

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Levee Breach on Lakeshore Drive

Levee Breach on Lakeshore Drive

A breach was discovered by a homeowner in a levee between Lakeshore Drive and Klamath Lake late Tuesday afternoon, June 4. Responders, volunteers, and homeowners worked to fill the large crater with sandbags, concluding operations just before dark.

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Reclamation begins flood control operations on Upper Klamath Lake

Reclamation begins flood control operations on Upper Klamath Lake

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. The Bureau of Reclamation announced the beginning of flood control operations on the Upper Klamath Lake with increased releases continuing today. The public is urged to take all necessary precautions, including avoiding high-water areas, on or near the Link or Klamath rivers (including below Keno and J.C. Boyle dams) while flows are elevated.

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Icy Conditions Cause Christmas Day Crash into Klamath Lake

Icy Conditions Cause Christmas Day Crash into Klamath Lake

On Christmas Day, Katherine Jo Maxwell, 39 of Klamath Falls was traveling westbound on Oregon Highway 140 west of Klamath Falls. Near mile marker 58, Maxwell lost control on the icy roadway causing her Ford Five Hundred to slide into Upper Klamath Lake where it became partially submerged.  

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Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

Merkley Hosts Science Summit to Identify Solutions for Suckers [VIDEO]

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Friday hosted a science summit, the Sucker Recovery Summit, to share updates on the health of the species and to discuss possible short-term options to help the Lost River (C'waam) and shortnose (Koptu) suckers survive until long-term solutions take effect.

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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 Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge Orrick denies Motion by Klamath Tribes, Orders Venue Moved to Oregon

Judge William H. Orrick deny's a motion filed by the Klamath Tribes for preliminary injunction to protect sucker fish of Upper Klamath Lake. Orrick also orders a transfer of venue to a Federal Court in Oregon. At this time, it is unclear which Oregon Federal Court will receive the case. 

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US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation [Full Video]

US District Court Hearing Klamath Tribes vs Bureau of Reclamation  [Full Video]

The Klamath Tribes sued federal agencies (Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service) alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act and seeking the imposition of “immediate, emergency measures” to protect two endangered sucker fish species in the Upper Klamath Lake.  

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20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

20 Conservation and Agriculture Groups Send Letter to Zinke About Klamath Basin Wildlife Impact

Klamath Falls, Ore. — A coalition of California and Oregon conservation and agricultural groups – including the Family Farm Alliance - today sent a letter to U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke outlining concerns with recent litigation that seeks a preliminary injunction to stop all Klamath Irrigation Project diversions immediately and hold that water in Upper Klamath Lake (UKL).  

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Water Users Say Klamath Tribes Suit is in Wrong Court

Water Users Say Klamath Tribes Suit is in Wrong Court

Klamath Falls, OR - Klamath Water Users Association has told the federal District Court in San Francisco that the lawsuit filed by the Klamath Tribes seeking higher Upper Klamath Lake levels must be dismissed. In a motion filed on June 6, KWUA and Sunnyside Irrigation District and Ben DuVal, who have intervened, say that the San Francisco Court is not a proper venue under the law.

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First Round of Captive Reared Sucker Fish Released into Upper Klamath Lake

First Round of Captive Reared Sucker Fish Released into Upper Klamath Lake

Along the shore line of Upper Klamath Lake at the Eagle Ridge County Park a small number of reared Lost River and Shortnose Sucker fish have been released. These fish are the first of thousands to be raised in captivity and released into Upper Klamath Lake.

Alan Mikkelsen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was in attendance to help release the fish into the wild and answer questions about the program.

“This is the first cohort of what we expect to be many more releases in the coming years,” says Mikkelsen. “What is going on here is an attempt to stabilize and ultimately increase the population of suckers in the lake.”

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