Water Released to Protect Salmon

salmonKLAMATH BASIN, Ore. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is increasing water flows in the Klamath River to fight a parasite attacking salmon.

Officials say the increases from Iron Gate Dam near Hornbrook, California started Saturday and will run 10 days. They say this will prevent water from being released from Upper Klamath Lake, which is home to endangered sucker fish and the primary reservoir of a federal irrigation project.

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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