More emergency water releases for Klamath salmon

Sep 17, 2014 4:41 PM by News Staff

For the second time this year, federal officials are releasing additional water from a Northern California reservoir to combat a parasite that threatens to kill thousands of salmon in the drought-parched Klamath River.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it doubled the outflows from Lewiston Dam into the Trinity River on Tuesday, and will keep them up for seven days. It also increased flows last month to combat the same problem.

The decision was made following discovery of a parasite known as Ich (ick), which attacks salmon in stagnant water conditions. Sampling this week found the parasite in nine of the 20 fish tested.

During a drought in 2002, tens of thousands of salmon died in the Klamath, primarily from the Ich parasite.

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