DAILY DIGEST: How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River; Dozens of water systems consolidate in California’s farming heartland; Klamath Water Users Association: Court should move Tribes case

In California water news today, How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River; Dozens of water systems consolidate in California’s farming heartland; Klamath Water Users Association: Court should move Tribes case

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How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River:  “On a warm September Saturday in 2002, Amy Cordalis stood in a Yurok Tribal Fisheries Department boat on the Klamath River, in response to reports from fishermen that something was amiss on the river. On this stretch of the Yurok Reservation, the river was wide and deep, having wound its way from its headwaters at the Upper Klamath Lake, through arid south-central Oregon to the California coast. Cordalis, then 22, was a summer fish technician intern, whose job was to record the tribe’s daily catch. A college student in Oregon, she’d found a way to spend time with her family and be on the river she’d grown up with — its forested banks and family fishing hole drawing her back year after year. … ”  Read more from High Country News here:  How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River

Klamath Water Users Association: Court should move Tribes case:  “The Klamath Water Users Association is seeking a new venue for a lawsuit filed recently by the Klamath Tribes.  The water users association on Wednesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of San Francisco, asking that the Klamath Tribes’ case be dismissed in San Francisco’s court, and that the case be heard in federal court located closer to Upper Klamath Lake, where the case originates. … ”  Read more from the Herald & News here:  Klamath Water Users Association: Court should move Tribes case

Dozens of water systems consolidate in California’s farming heartland:  “In California’s San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive farming regions in the nation, an estimated 150,000 people are stuck living with contaminated drinking water. When they open a tap to fill a cooking pot or take a shower, the water that gushes out is contaminated with nitrates, hexavalent chromium, arsenic and other nasties from polluted wells.  The good news: Help is available to many of these small community water systems, provided they can merge with a neighboring utility that has clean water. ... ”  Read more from Water Deeply here:  Dozens of water systems consolidate in California’s farming heartland

Secondary spillway planned at New Bullards Bar dam:  “The Yuba County Water Agency is moving forward with a plan to build a secondary spillway at New Bullards Bar Dam – a project, experts say, that would provide a higher level of dam safety and reduce the chance of flooding during a significant storm event once completed.  Agency officials approved a plan at their recent meeting to start with environmental documentation, permitting and design for the project, which is estimated to cost about $11 million. The actual construction of the secondary spillway – which could begin as early as 2022 – is currently estimated to cost $160 million.  Following the major flooding event in 1997, the agency went about identifying future projects that could prevent a similar incident from occurring.  … ”  Read more from the Appeal Democrat here:  Secondary spillway planned at New Bullards Bar dam

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