Yurok Tribe urges support for plan to manage Trinity River in a ‘more holistic manner’

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The Yurok Tribe, the largest Indian Tribe in California, is urging Yurok Citizens and Allies to voice their support for a plan to manage the Trinity River, the largest tributary of the Klamath River, in a “more holistic manner.”

In a statement issued yesterday, the Tribe said it “fully supports the Trinity River Winter Flow Variability Action.”

“If approved, the Action will allow water managers to shift some of the water normally released from Lewiston Dam in late spring to the winter and early spring,” the Tribe stated.  “Releasing more water in winter and early spring, when juvenile salmon are rearing in the upper Trinity, better mimics the river’s natural flow regime.”

“With higher flows during these critical time periods, the Klamath’s largest tributary will more closely resemble the river that salmon, steelhead and other fish species evolved in over the course of millennia. In terms of improving salmon production and the overall health of the ecosystem, the Winter Flow Variability Action represents one of the best opportunities to facilitate positive change,” the Tribe wrote.

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