River flows increase on Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers to help Spring Chinook during drought

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River flows are increasing on the Trinity and Lower Klamath Rivers to help spring-run  Chinook salmon survive during this year’s unprecedented drought, according to a Yurok Tribe press release.

“Originating from Lewiston Dam, the 3-day pulse flow is intended to reduce river temperatures in the Lower Trinity River where adult spring-run Chinook salmon are holding in limited thermal refugia (creek mouths),” the Tribe stated. “Lower water temperatures will help fish migrate upriver into more suitable habitat. This action is being taken in response to the extremely high water temperatures in the Trinity River and evidence of widespread Columnaris (gill rot) infections in Spring Chinook. Please use caution when at the river during this time and be aware of changing river conditions as they could impact your personal safety and property.”

Here is the schedule of pulse flows:

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