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Bureau takes new program for test drive
CHILOQUIN - "Basinwide" is the new buzz word for
groups trying to find balance in the Klamath Basin
The meeting was the fourth in a series of five,
the last of which will be tonight in Klamath
Falls. Previous meetings were held in Yreka,
Arcata and Klamath, Calif.
The Chiloquin meeting lasted for a little more
than two hours. Participants talked about what can
and can't be solved by groups from the headwaters
of the Williamson and Sprague rivers to the mouth
of the Klamath River working together.
But much needs to be defined about the program
aside from being Basinwide. Where will the
meetings be? What will the organization look like?
What are the goals?
Karas emphasized that the Bureau is facilitating
the meetings, but is not the designated leader.
"I am really scared that we are not going to reach
the little people in this Basin," she said.
"Something needs to happen or the Basin will die,"
"If you know the folks who live in this Basin,
that is not going to be the way to go," she said.
He said the quality of habitat available for the
suckers and quality of water are key factors in
determining how the suckers are doing.
Thus, the program can help restore the fish, but
other efforts will be needed as well, said Irma
Largomarsino, supervisor of the U.S. National
Marine Fisheries Service's Arcata Field Office.
Adding to the difficulty of restoring the coho are
the physical changes to the Klamath River, with
the addition of hydroelectrical dams, in the last
said the turnout for the Chiloquin meeting was
disappointing, although people from many sides of
the issue came.
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