Reclamation's guiding water document, Biological Assessment,
Bureau of Reclamation released its new biological assessment
regarding water flows into the Klamath River from Upper
Klamath Lake Friday evening.
document is a precursor to a Biological Opinion that guides
how much water is released and when to protect endangered
fish downstream and meet On Project irrigator demands.
document is nearly 450 pages, plus 250 pages of appendices.
titled, “Final Biological Assessment: The effects of the
proposed action to operate the Klamath Project from April 1,
2019, through March 31, 2029, on federally listed threatened
and endangered species.”
full set of documents is posted on the Herald and News
website (www.heraldandnews.com) to allow the public to
review it. Since it is so extensive — and many officials are
unavailable due to the holiday weekend — analysis of the
document will be written at a later date.
Project is located in south-central Oregon and northeastern
California and contains approximately 230,000 acres of
Reclamation stores, diverts and conveys waters of the
Klamath and Lost Rivers to meet authorized Project purposes
— including the wildlife refuges — and contractual
obligations in compliance with state and federal laws and
carries out the activities necessary to maintain the Project
and ensure its proper long-term functioning and operation.
federally listed endangered and threatened species include
the Lost River sucker, shortnose sucker, coho salmon, and,
to a lesser degree, the North American green sturgeon.
last Biological Opinion which Reclamation was operating
under was released in 2013.
document said that its “proposed action…is likely to
adversely affect Lost River and shortnose suckers and coho
Details of how Reclamation will use the operating document
will be written as time allows and as news sources become
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