Klamath River flows increased to help salmon

Oct 6, 2014 6:53 PM by News Staff

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A federal water agency is increasing flows in the Klamath River to fight a parasite attacking salmon.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the 75 percent increase in releases from PacifiCorp's Iron Gate Dam near Hornbrook, California, started Saturday and will run 10 days.

The utility agreed to release water from Iron Gate and other reservoirs so water does not have to be released from Upper Klamath Lake, home to endangered sucker fish and the primary reservoir of a federal irrigation project.

The idea is that stronger river currents make it tougher for the parasite known as Ich (IK) to swim through the water and reach the salmon.

The bureau is trying to prevent a repeat of 2002, when the parasite killed tens of thousands of salmon during a drought.

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