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Klamath RiverKeeper asks for your help in saving California's Coho salmon from extinction


March 7, 2010 -- An alarming new report from the California Department of Fish & Game (CDFG) states that if restoration actions are not taken "quickly" on the Shasta River, the Shasta's coho salmon could go extinct.

Send a quick email to the agencies responsible for protecting Shasta coho.

CDFG reports that two of the Shasta's three year-classes of coho are "functionally extinct," and the last remaining year-class will return to spawn this fall.  Key spawning and rearing habitat is owned by Archie "Red" Emmerson, a billionaire logging tycoon. Emmerson's Shasta ranch lands are heavily degraded by excessive cattle trampling, de-watering, and elevated water temperatures.

CDFG states unequivocally that if conditions are not changed on Emmerson's ranches this year, the last of the Shasta coho may not survive. The agency's own report states further that maintaining adequate instream flows and addressing water quality problems caused by Dwinnell Dam are key to restoring Shasta coho. The problem? So far no actions have been taken, and the summer irrigation season is fast approaching.

While the situation is shocking, its not unusual on the Scott and Shasta Rivers. Record low flows on these rivers last summer caused the Scott to go completely dry and nearly resulted in a large-scale fish kill on the Shasta while enforcement agencies looked on.

It's time to buck this trend, and begin protecting public trust resources on these rivers. Native tribes and commercial fishermen downriver depend on the salmon and steelhead that once reared in the hundreds of thousands on the Scott and Shasta.  Please join Klamath Riverkeeper and our partners in reversing the legacy of lawlessnes that has brought us to the point of extinction on the Shasta River.

Send a quick letter to key decision makers at CDFG, California's Department of Water Resources, and NOAA Fisheries letting them know that substantive and tangible action is needed immediately.

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Thanks for your help,


Malena Marvin
Outreach and Science Director
Klamath Riverkeeper