Water rights issues are continuing to be a problem in California, as local water authorities struggle to find a balance between water use reduction, and the state’s endangered and threatened fish species.

According to the Native Fish Society, “Between Wednesday, August 17th, and Thursday, August 18th, the Shasta River Water Association (SRWA) violated their water right curtailment in the Shasta River, one of the Klamath Rivers’ key tributaries for anadromous fish. It is disheartening that such an action would take place, threatening struggling populations of Coho, Chinook, and steelhead.”

From the Native Fish Society:

“With the flip of a switch, any hope for the Shasta Rivers watering problems has been destroyed,” says River Steward Andy Marx. “I hope the state takes this seriously and puts forward a permanent minimum flow requirement with strong sideboards that hold agriculture producers accountable for the future of wild salmon and steelhead in the Shasta basin.”

Between Wednesday, August 17th, and Thursday, August 18th, the Shasta River Water Association (SRWA) violated their water right curtailment in the Shasta River, one of the Klamath Rivers’ key tributaries for anadromous fish. It is dishearting that such an action would take place, threatening struggling populations of Coho, Chinook, and steelhead.”

Read the full violation on the NFS website, here!





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