Resource Management in the Klamath Basin
While fires and fish kills have hit the communities in the mid-Klamath Basin, in the upper Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation has turned off the water for farmers who divert from Upper Klamath Lake. Water levels in the lake are managed to help protect the C’waam and Koptu - endangered suckers endemic to the area. However, when waters are held in the lake, it has implications for salmon fisheries downstream, migratory birds that use the National Wildlife Refuges to the south, and farmers on the Klamath Irrigation Project.
There are no simple answers to managing water resources in the Klamath Basin. What is clear is the need for a holistic approach that considers the needs of all Klamath Basin communities and ecosystems.
Explore the articles below to learn more.