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The canal, a major component of the federally operated Klamath Reclamation Project, channels Klamath River water from Upper Klamath Lake, just north of the Oregon-California border, to more than 130,000 acres (52,600 hectares), where generations of ranchers and farmers have grown hay, alfalfa and potatoes and grazing cattle.
Only one irrigation district within the 200,000-acre (80,940-hectare) project will receive water from the Klamath River system this growing season, and it will have a severely limited supply, the Klamath Water Users Association said in a statement. Some other farmers rely on water from a different river and will also have a limited supply.
“This couldn’t be worse,” said Klamath Irrigation District President Ty Kliewer. “The impacts on our family farms and rural communities will be off the scale, a catastrophe.”
The tribe said last week that low flows during the drought and previous mismanagement of the river by the federal agency were causing juvenile salmon to die from a disease that flourishes when water levels are low. Yurok fish biologists who have been testing baby salmon in the lower Klamath River have found that 70% of the fish are already dead in the traps used to collect them and 97% are infected with the parasite known as C. shasta.
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The Columbia River (also known as the Wimahl or Great River to the native Chinook people who live along its lower reaches) is a river in southwestern Canada and northwestern United States that flows north-southwest through the province of British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington and Oregon in the United States, emptying into the Pacific Ocean. With 2044 km it is the sixth longest river in North America, behind the Missouri, Mississippi, Bravo, Arkansas and Colorado.
In terms of flow (7500 m³/s at its mouth), the Columbia is the largest North American river on the Pacific side and the fourth largest in the United States. The river’s strong current and the high drop in elevation in a relatively short length provide it with a tremendous potential for electricity production that has already been exploited, being the river that produces the most hydroelectric energy in North America, with fourteen dams along its course -three in Canada and eleven in the United States- and many others in several of its tributaries.
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“The synergy between cold water and warm water is really important,” said Armstrong, an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “We’re not saying cold water isn’t important. We’re saying that the warm parts of the reservoirs are also important because fish grow during the in-between seasons. Conservation of this habitat is critical to unlocking the full potential of rivers to sustain fisheries … .
“In conservation, we often judge streams by their summer conditions; this is when we traditionally do field work, and this is the season we focus on when planning for climate change,” Armstrong said. “We value the places that contain fish during the summer and devalue the ones that don’t. Our simulation showed why this can be a problem: the portions of rivers that contribute the most to growth may not be where they are. The fish during the summer, so they cancel out.”
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