Klamath Basin   
  • Klamath Basin Restoration Program

    ​The Klamath Basin Restoration Program seeks to restore water quality, water quantity, and the aquatic and terrestrial habitats of the Klamath Basin for the benefit of fish and wildlife, and the health of local communities. The program is supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation).  

    The program intends to award up to $2.5 million in FWS and Reclamation funds through two separate open proposal solicitations in 2018. The FWS Request for Proposals will award up to $2 million for basin-wide restoration projects to protect and benefit native resident and anadromous fish. The Reclamation Request for Proposals, through the Klamath Coho Habitat Restoration Program​, will award up to $500,000 for projects focused on the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon, a species listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act. 

    Located in Southern Oregon and Northern California, the Klamath River is an extremely productive watershed, with extraordinary terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. Once the third-largest producer of salmon on the West Coast of the United States, over a dozen native fish species are now listed with Special Federal and/or State Status under the Endangered Species Act. 

    Factors contributing to the decline in species include:

    • ​The development of productive irrigated agriculture in the Klamath Basin has led to land use alterations and a changed hydrologic regime. 
    • Historical allocation of water for crop irrigation has decreased the amount of water left instream for fish, in turn effecting water quality. 
    • The construction of roads and dams, and installation of diversion structures have caused channel fragmentation and modification resulting in barriers that impede fish migration. 
    • Management practices in the headwaters of the basin have contributed to downstream habitat degradation.   

    The goal of the Klamath Basin Restoration Program is to address limiting factors facing steelhead, Chinook salmon, coho salmon and Pacific lamprey; support restoration actions to benefit resident fish populations of Lost River and shortnose suckers, bull trout and redband trout; and to undertake activities that will ultimately lead to successful reintroduction of anadromous fish to the upper Klamath Basin. 


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  • (Updated: 10/17/2018)


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