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As Drought Conditions Worsen, Salmon Compete with Farmers for Water

 
As Drought Conditions Worsen, Salmon Compete with Farmers for Water
Posted Friday, August 22nd 2014 @ 8am  by KFBK News - James Rojas

As the drought conditions continue to worsen, wild salmon are competing with California almond farmers for water.

Thousands of salmon are having a difficult time surviving as rivers begin to run lower and warmer because of water being diverted into the Central Valley for almond farmers. 

Members of the Yurok tribe, who live in the Klamath River basin in Northern California, are urging federal government officials to allow cooler water to flow from Trinity Lake.

They say 1,000 king salmon have already died because they can't handle the 70 degree water. 

The Bureau of Reclamation says less than 20 percent of water from Trinity Lake is directed to Klamath River for salmon, and tribe members say that's not enough. 

 

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