Archive for August, 2013

Stop Pollution Pot—Ban Super Toxic Rat Poisons

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
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dconTake Action.  An explosion in cannabis agriculture activity on the North Coast of California has resulted in a higher degree of public understanding of the dangers of rat poison. On repeated occasions large amounts of rat poison have been found at damaging marijuana grow sites; the poisons have been cause for concern most especially in grow operations established in the remote and wild reaches of our National Forest lands. There is growing evidence of the horrible impact of the use of these super toxic poisons in trespass marijuana grow operations, and how they are killing endangered species. Closer to home these poisons can kill wildlife, and present mortal harm to our children and families.

Following the lead of community members, EPIC has been a part of organic and locally based organizing efforts advocating for a voluntary commitment by retailers and residents to ban the sale and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides. We know that voluntary action may not be enough, but we also know that people acting together is where real change originates. The environmental harms associated with poorly managed marijuana agriculture are having an indisputable impact on natural and human communities on the North Coast. Taking action through securing the passage of a resolution from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors that urges residents and storeowners to halt usage and sales of these poisons was a great community success. The passage of the resolution this past spring was effective in bringing people from different walks of life together to send a message to the public and to policy makers about the urgent need to eliminate these poisons from our rural residences and working places.

The public has learned that it is not only in producing nasty Pollution Pot (poorly planned and egregiously operated grow operations, often associated with thoughtless road building and clearing of land, the use of pesticides, and the abuse of scarce and invaluable public trust water resources) that these poisons are being used. The fact is that these poisons have become a widespread and common danger in residential, agricultural, and industrial workplaces across Northwest California—and yet there are a multitude of safe alternatives for rodent control, including natural predators. We don’t have to poison our families and wildlife to live and work in rural Northwest California.

Right now you have an opportunity to ask the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to protect our wildlife, pets, and children by banning super-toxic rat poisons. Take action today!

UNDERSTANDING RAT POISON AND HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOU

Widespread use of rodenticides is resulting in unintended poisoning of children, pets and wildlife. Second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) work by interfering with normal blood clotting and result in a slow agonizing death by internal bleeding.

These poisons are often referred to as “super toxics” and they pose an unreasonable risk to non-target species. Between 1999 and 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers documented 160 severe domestic animal incidents each year and an average of 17,000 human rodenticide exposures each year, approximately 85 percent of which occurred in children younger than six.

SGARs harm numerous different types of wildlife in California. Studies show that more than 70 percent of wildlife tested in California has been exposed to SGARs. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, documented animals harmed by rodenticides since 1994 include the coyote, gray fox, San Joaquin kit fox, raccoon, fox squirrel, bobcat, red fox, gray fox, mountain lion, black bear, Hermann’s kangaroo rat, bald eagle, golden eagle, Canada goose, great-horned owl, barn owl, red-shouldered hawk, red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s hawk, turkey vulture and wild turkey.  Since animals typically retreat to their dens, burrows or other hiding places in the final stages of anticoagulant poisoning, the number of non-target wildlife killed by these compounds is likely to be much greater than we know.

In our region, law enforcement has found numerous industrial marijuana grow sites located on public lands with thousands of plants and large quantities of super toxics. Non-target species such as the fisher, which is a prime candidate for protections under the Endangered Species Act, are being found dead near these industrial grow operations with lethal doses of SGARs in their system.  A study authored by Mourad Gabriel found that almost 80 percent of fishers found dead by researchers between 2006 and 2011 had been exposed to high levels of SGARs.

EPIC has joined forces with the Safe Rodent Control Coalition to address safety concerns for SGARs and to ban the use of SGARs in California. The bottom line is that these super toxics are unnecessary and obsolete. There are too many serious risks associated with their use, and plenty of cost effective alternatives to address rodent infestations.

Please click here to take action now and ask the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to ban “super toxic” second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides in California.


EPIC Hosts Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
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WSFF 2013 Poster 11 X 17_7_31_13Thursday, September 26 at the Arcata Theatre Lounge.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a call to action. At Wild & Scenic, film goers are transformed into a congregation of committed activists, dedicated to saving our increasingly threatened planet. We show environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action. Wild & Scenic raises resources and awareness for EPIC’s initiatives to recover Northwest California’s native species and to protect and restore the redwood forest ecosystem.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the EPIC Office at 145 South G Street, Suite A in Arcata. Call 822-7711 for more information.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students.

****Special Membership Packages: include a one-year membership to EPIC, t-shirt and admission to the film festival $35 general/$25 student ****

FILM CHOICES:

Chasing Water Follow the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family’s Colorado ranch, down river to the sea. Traversing 1500 miles and draining seven states, the Colorado River supports over 30 million people across the southwest. It is not the longest or largest U.S. river, but it is one of the most loved and litigated in the world. Today, this resource is depleted and stressed. Follow its path with an artistic, aerial view on a personal journey to understand this national treasure. McBride teamed up with his bush-pilot father to capture unique footage and also shadowed the adventure of Jon Waterman who became the first to paddle the entire length of the river. Best Doc, Clearwater FF; Most Inspirational, 5 Point FF; Best Environmental Film, San Franscisco Frozen F. www.petemcbride.com  (18min)

Dark Side of the Lens Dark Side of the Lens is one man’s personal and heartfelt account of life as an ocean based photographer. This short film takes you on an eerie, stunning and moving journey amongst the epic oceanic grandeur of Ireland’s west coast. Renowned documentarian of the heavy salt, Mickey Smith, has succeeded in creating a visual poem of sorts, that offers a humble glimpse into his strange and magical world, reflecting insights that in turn ring true with many of our own lives. Best cinematography, 5Point FF; Best short, New York Surf FF; Grand Prize, Chamonix FF.  (6min)

Facing Climate Change: Potato Farmers John O’Conner grew Idaho potatoes where they had never been grown before. Then – with mountain snowpack dwindling – the state bought his water permanently drying up the farmland. This short film is part of a series that explores global climate change through people who live and work in the Pacific Northwest. (5min)

Finding Their Way Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for industrial gas drilling, or fracking. She went home and told her husband Jim, and although the two had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The board that controlled the park was set to vote on whether to drill in the park in 11 days. The story of the Slotterback’s journey over those 11 days is the subject of this film. http://earthjustice.org/finding (7min)

Generation Green Generation Green follows the journey of Patrick Hearps, a young chemical engineer working at an oil refinery, as he becomes increasingly concerned about his companies contribution towards adverse climate change. Torn between his career and a higher obligation of environmental stewardship, his personal struggle reflects the great dilemma of our generation. Patrick’s courageous choices and eventual path forward highlight the actions needed to shape the world of tomorrow. www.beyondzeroemissions.org  (Australia, 2012, 13min)

Of Souls + Water – The MOTHER The life of a woman – her life, her dreams, her legacy – painted on the canvas of still waters in deep. (6min)

One Plastic Beach Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic Richard and Judith pick up comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find washed up, raising a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas. http://vimeo.com/18672227  (8min)

Public Lands, Private Profits: Boom or Bust The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the Sierra Club, undertook a series of video mini-documentaries that revealed three places held in the public trust threatened by pending proposals to mine and drill in or around them. In Part Two, we look at a fight brewing in a small Utah town over the expansion of a nearby coal mine and its effects on majestic Bryce Canyon National Park. (6min)

Song of the Spindle In this animation, a man and a sperm whale have a conversation about who is smarter. Each one lists various upsides and downsides of human and cetacean brains, but eventually come to an understanding. Audience Award for Short Film, Ashland Independent FF. www.drewchristie.com (4min)

The Story of Change Can shopping save the world? The Story of Stuff Project teamed up with Free Range Studios to create “The Story of Change” because shopping your values is a great place to start, but a terrible place to stop. In this video Annie Leonard walks through key ingredients for successful change-making: a big idea, commitment to work together, and citizen action. Watch this short animation and learn how you can flex your citizen muscle! www.storyofchange.org (6min)

Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, Part 1: TRUST California – WITNESS, Our Children’s Trust and the iMatter Campaign Stories of TRUST is the perfect trifecta of law, science, justice and daring youth who are pursuing what has been recognized as the last best chance to protect our atmosphere. In Part 1 of this series, meet youth plaintiff Alec Loorz, a 17-year old climate champion who has been working to find solutions to the climate crisis since he was 12. Alec inspired youth from around the country to join together with public interest attorneys, top law students, distinguished scholars and top climate scientists to take their case to court. (6min)

Streams of Consequence In summer 2010, photographer James ‘Q’ Martin and conservation biologist Chris Kassar started an organization called Rios Libres. The organization uses multi-media to join the fight to protect the wild lands of Patagonia from proposed dams that threaten two of the most pristine rivers in one of the world’s most spectacular regions.

Last April, Q traveled south once again and landed in the thick of some of the largest anti-dam protests the country has ever seen. He captured historic footage of the protests, then spent nine weeks traveling the length of the country talking to gauchos, scientists, activists and the public in search of answers. The result is a solution-based film that addresses the hard questions that remained unanswered in Rios Libres’s first film: “What does an alternative energy model look like?” “How do the Chileans feel about it?” and “Could Chile become a global leader by gaining energy independence via green technology?” www.rioslibres.com  (25min)

Wild Things Native carnivores balance ecosystems and keep wilderness healthy. But they are also seen as a threat to livestock, and for decades ranchers and government trappers have slaughtered them. The Wildlife Services program within U.S.D.A. kills a hundred thousand coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores annually. It is a battle against nature that is costly, brutal, and not very effective.  Does the battle really need to be fought? Wild Things introduces audiences to progressive ranchers learning to peacefully coexist with these animals and features scientists, conservationists and even former Wildlife Services trappers, who believe it is time for a major change in the way we treat our magnificent native carnivores. www.nrdc.org (39min)


Take Action: Bulldozers in the Trinity Alps Wilderness

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
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Take Action Now. The Corral Fire was started by lightning on August 10 in the Trinity Alps Wilderness and has reached over 4,000 acres.   The fire is currently less than a mile away from the Hoopa Reservation. The Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor in conjunction with the Hoopa Tribe have been granted permission from the Regional Forest Service Office to use bulldozers and heavy equipment within the wilderness to clear ridgetops and trails to create “fuelbreaks” or “firelines” in hopes of stopping the fire before it reaches the reservation.

Ridgetop fuelbreaks are often unsuccessful at stopping fires depending on weather and topography.  According to the Inciweb website there are currently seven bulldozers working around the fire area.  Up to 5 miles may be cleared, using a variety of treatments in different areas.  For instance, some of the firelines are on old decommissioned roads that are currently on the trail system.  Other firelines are just outside of the wilderness boundary on the Six Rivers National Forest.

While protecting life and homes is always a priority, there has got to be a better way.  Dozerlines in the wilderness will scar the landscape for decades, increasing habitat fragmentation, damaging soils and seriously spoiling wilderness characteristics.  Fire ignited by lightening in our forest ecosystems is as natural as life itself and post-fire landscapes are among the most rare and biologically rich landscapes existing.

Please click here to urge Regional Forester Moore to apply Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) or call him at 707-562-9000.  Let him know you will be watching closely at what is happening in the Trinity Alps and that you greatly value landscapes affected by fire.  Voice your support for allowing fire to play its role, especially in the wilderness which is supposed to be safeguarded and untrammeled by mankind.

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EPIC Supports Proposed Federal PLANT Act As Step Toward Federal Cannabis Reform

Monday, August 19th, 2013
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PotleafNorth Coast Environmental Groups Support Proposed Federal PLANT Act As Step Toward Federal Reform

North Coast environmental groups and coalitions representing more than 35,000 supporters have expressed supported for a proposed federal law targeting trespass marijuana grows in a letter to one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).

“It’s important to recognize the severe environmental harms often associated with trespass marijuana grows on public lands, resource lands, and even smaller private parcels,” said Scott Greacen, director of Friends of the Eel River. “It’s not just semantics to describe these as ‘trespass’ grows rather than ‘cartel’ grows. Understanding a problem, using terms that accurately reflect the facts on the ground, is critical to effective policy.”

“This is only a significant step if it leads to deeper reforms,” said Gary Graham Hughes, executive director of EPIC. “We hope bipartisan action leading to rapid passage of the PLANT Act can build broad support for policy changes that will truly abate and eliminate the harms associated with these trespass grows, as the most important thing the federal government can do at this point is to act responsibly and let the state regulate small-scale marijuana cultivation.”

The letter is supported by groups based in Trinity, Humboldt, Mendocino, and Sonoma counties.

Click here to read the letter.


Wolves Deserve Recovery – Take Part in the National Day of Action

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
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wolf_pup_howlingTake Action Now. The future of America’s wolves is at stake right now. Wolf recovery is just beginning in the Pacific Northwest, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plans to strip Endangered Species Act protections from nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states.

The country’s most reputable wildlife scientists strongly oppose the delisting and have publicly contested this strictly political move.  Days ago those wolf experts on the peer review panel for delisting were eliminated from reviewing the plan. Now, the FWS has put the peer review process in its entirety on hold indefinitely. This strictly political move is contrary to science and the law.

When wolves lose federal protections, they die. As seen from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming where “delisting” has caused the death of 1,181 animals that have been hunted, poisoned, trapped and persecuted with the same vicious attitude that nearly drove them extinct a century ago.

Wolves once roamed California, which has extensive areas of suitable habitat.  Oregon currently has six established packs, approximately 46 wolves and Washington has nine packs with an estimated 51 animals.  For the first time in 85 years one lone wolf Journey or OR-7 was recorded venturing into California and traversed over 4,500 miles only to return to Oregon earlier this year.

Early in 2012, EPIC petitioned to list the wolf under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). As of October 2012, the Gray Wolf was designated as a “candidate species” which garners full protections under CESA.  EPIC is now involved with the statewide stakeholder group working on a California Recovery Plan.

At EPIC, we advocate for wolves and prepare for their return by defending our national forests and wild areas and by advocating for grazing reform to help native species such as Elk who receive competition from cattle grazing on our public lands.  We will continue to participate in the statewide recovery plan and will keep our members and supporters aware of those efforts.

It is not too late:

Tell the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to abandon this misguided plan.

Science is clear that wolves have not yet fully recovered.

Click here to take action now and advocate federal protection for this deserving and dignified canine.

 


Northern Spotted Owl Achieves Candidacy Status Under California Endangered Species Act

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
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NSO-self-defenseThe California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) has moved to make the iconic Northern Spotted Owl a candidate for listing under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).  On August 7, 2013, the Commission voted 3-2 to advance the owl to candidacy status in response to a petition filed by the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) requesting the listing of Northern Spotted Owls as “threatened” or “endangered” under CESA, finding that the petitioned action “may be warranted.” This is an important procedural step in the listing process for endangered species under California law.

The Northern Spotted Owl is under siege on many fronts. Northern Spotted Owls are threatened with extinction by past and ongoing habitat loss, primarily to timber harvest, which can exacerbate competition from the aggressive and invasive Barred Owl. The increasingly rare and old growth forest adapted owls are now understood to be at risk from the use of rodenticides and other poisons used in large scale trespass marijuana operations, and there is increasing concern about what the impacts of climate change will be on the forest ecosystems that the owls call home.

“This is an important first step for the recovery of spotted owls,” said Rob DiPerna EPIC’s Industrial Forestry Reform Advocate. “The fact that the Commission moved to promote Northern Spotted Owls to candidacy status clearly shows that we have made a fair argument that the species is under extreme threat, and that protections under CESA are necessary to abate the risk of extinction.”

The Northern Spotted Owl is considered an “indicator” species, in that the presence or absence of the owl is a direct indicator of the health of the forest ecosystems in which the species resides. Due to the continuing decline of the owl through out its range, and a worrisome population trend forecast within its range in California, EPIC petitioned for CESA listing of the owl in August 2012. Though the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) had recommended the status review, the Commission postponed action earlier this summer, choosing to wait to grant the owl candidacy status at their August meeting.

The CESA candidacy period will remain in effect until the Commission makes a final determination as to whether or not listing of the spotted owl under CESA is warranted. At the direction of the Commission, the CDFW will now conduct a full status review of the owl to aid the Commission in making its final determination. The Department has one year to complete this review. EPIC will continue to monitor and engage in this process to ensure that Northern Spotted Owls are given a protected status and listed under California state law. In parallel to this initiative to increase protections for the owl under California state law, EPIC has also p

For additional information contact: Rob DiPerna, rob@wildcalifornia.org 707-822-7711 or 707-845-9528

Click here to view EPIC’s Spotted Owl Achieves CESA Candidacy Press Release.


Updated Action: Severe Drought Leaves Klamath Salmon Thirsty for More Water

Monday, August 5th, 2013
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Source: USFWS Klamath River Fish Die-off Report

Source: USFWS Klamath River Fish Die-off Report

Update: On August 22, Judge O’Neill ruled that water will be released from the Trinity Reservoir to prevent another fish kill in the Klamath River.  However, only about a third of the 62,000 acre feet will be released, so that the irrigators can store most of the water for next year.  The action below is still valid, as it requests water rights that have never been honored, which would give Humboldt County and downstream users no less than 50,000 acre feet.  This would alleviate the need for last minute emergency water releases to avoid future fish kills.

Take Action Now. Healthy wild salmon populations are a significant life source for our bioregion. They are a crucial part of the food chain that many other species depend on.  Salmon populations up and down the North Coast are just shadows of their historic abundance, but one species is of particular concern. Wild Coho salmon have been listed as threatened since 1997. Still, more than 15 years later these fish are experiencing pressures on many fronts: drought conditions, competition from hatchery fish, disease, road development, an explosion in unpermitted water use throughout the bioregion, and major dam infrastructures that are used to store and divert water for hydroelectric generation and agricultural irrigation.

Temperatures are up and water levels are dropping as the summer progresses into fall.  This year has been particularly hot and dry, and has been identified as California’s driest January through June on record.  According to experts at the National Marine Fisheries Service, it is estimated that 272,000 salmon will be swimming up the Klamath River to spawn this year, which is about 100,000 more fish than packed into the river when the 2002 Klamath fish kill took place leaving over 30,000 fish dead before they could lay eggs and reproduce.

Klamath-Trinity water wars have been taking place for decades.  During dry summer months, water becomes scarce, and the battle begins.  Farmers and ranchers want water for their crops and livestock, Pacificorp wants to use water for making electricity, tribes want to continue to sustain themselves as they have in the Klamath Basin for over 7,000 years, fishermen want healthy fish populations so they can make a living and feed their families, and environmentalists want to preserve wild fish populations and protect wildlife refuges crucial to migratory birds.

The Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement is a controversial framework that would remove four antiquated dams from the Klamath River, but it would also lock in what some would consider unsustainable water rights for irrigators.  If the KBRA were in effect this year, according to Michael Connor, Commissioner for the Bureau of Reclamation, 353,000 acre-feet instead of the current projected 319,125 acre-feet would be allocated to Klamath Project irrigators. Meaning even more water would have come out of the river to be given to irrigators.

Regina Chichizola, Rivers Communications Coordinator at Hoopa Valley Tribe, has “received reports that a couple thousand juvenile and at least 100 adult fish are pooled up in the refuge areas at the mouth of Blue Creek because the Klamath River is so hot.”  People are encouraged to take photos of and report the location of any pooled fish or fish kills to the California Department of Fish and Game’s CalTIP number (888) 334-2258.  Reports will be forwarded to the Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team who is tasked with responding to imminent or active fish kills.

In an effort to reduce the likelihood of large-scale fish die-offs, the Bureau of Reclamation approved the release of 62,000 acre feet of water into the Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers from the Trinity and Lewiston Reservoirs between August 15th and September 21st, but San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority and Westlands Water District (irrigators from the central valley), have filed a temporary restraining order with a Fresno Judge that has stopped the water from flowing into the Klamath.

Regardless of the status of the Bureau of Reclamation’s proposed Trinity River flow augmentation, at least 50,000 acre feet must be released downstream, as stated in the Trinity River Division Act of 1955: “not less than 50,000 acre-feet of water shall be released from the Trinity Reservoir and made available to Humboldt County and downstream water users.” To date, this allocation has not been honored, and now with current drought conditions, record-breaking heat days, a pending fish kill, and the Twin Tunnels – Bay Delta Conservation Plan looming in the background, the Trinity River’s water is more coveted than ever. EPIC is calling on you to ask the Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to release water downstream as guaranteed under the 1955 Act.

The Environmental Protection Information Center has advocated for the recovery of wild Coho salmon populations for decades.  EPIC has defended headwaters and forests that provide clean cold water and valuable habitat for wild fish, protected Coho under the Endangered Species Act and demanded that hatcheries apply the best available science to protect wild fish populations from hatchery fish that compete with, prey upon, and interbreed with wild salmon. EPIC will continue to advocate for keeping cold and clean Trinity and Klamath water flowing in the rivers.

Please click here to take action and call on the Department of the Interior to release more Trinity water and prevent future fish kills.

Updated 8/15/13.


EPIC Voices Support for Flow Augmentation for the Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers

Thursday, August 1st, 2013
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Trinity Dam  Photo Credit USBRThis week the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) submitted comments in reference to the Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) plan to augment Trinity River flows from Lewiston Dam to assist conditions in the Lower Klamath River in light of the extreme low-flows in the Klamath River that are creating dangerous conditions for returning fall-run Chinook Salmon. The Draft Environmental Assessment for 2013 Lower Klamath River Late Summer Flow Augmentation from Lewiston Dam was made available for public comment from July 15th to July 31st, with a decision on the plan expected within the next week. The plan is to release 62,000 acre-feet of water from Lewiston Dam in the Trinity River between August 15th and September 21st, with the objective of providing for a minimum flow of 2,800 cubic feet per second in the Lower Klamath River. EPIC submitted a letter that highlighted the complex challenges faced by salmon and aquatic ecosystems in the Trinity and Klamath Rivers, and that explicitly supports the BOR plan to release more water down the Trinity to attempt to supplement flows in the Lower Klamath River in order to avoid another disastrous fish-kill, as occurred in 2002.

“This stop gap measure is clearly an imperative action to address dangerous conditions for returning salmon in the Lower Klamath River due to over allocation of Upper Klamath Basin water, and the continued presence of antiquated dams in the mainstem Klamath,” said Gary Graham Hughes of EPIC. “We strongly support the augmentation of flows out of Lewiston Dam, as in-basin uses for Trinity River water supersede out-of-basin demands, even as we make clear that the flow augmentation measure is an emergency action that fails to provide any long-term solutions.”

The Trinity River currently exports 50 percent of the river’s flow, as water from the upper reaches of the river is captured behind Lewiston Dam and sent over to the Sacramento River and points south. Considering severe drought conditions throughout California, the water from the Trinity River is highly coveted by irrigation interests in the Central and Southern regions of the state. Irrigation interests in the western San Joaquin Valley have indicated that they will resort to litigation to stop Trinity River water from being used this year for fisheries and aquatic ecosystem maintenance in the Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers.

Amongst various contributions to conservation efforts in stressed watersheds throughout Northwest California, EPIC currently has an innovative legal initiative concerning the threats to wild salmon presented by fish hatchery operations on the Trinity River. Stay tuned for more updates as EPIC will continue to engage at a high level on Trinity and Klamath River management decisions that are affecting wildlife, water resources, and local economies.

UPDATE: Extra Water Releases Planned to Protect Klamath River Salmon (SacBee reports)

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