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A collaborative effort that includes the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, CalTrout, Scott River Water Trust, Farmers Ditch Company and other partners


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The $7 million Scott River Tailings Reach Watershed Restoration Project will restore a severely degraded part of the stream corridor and increase the efficiency of a dated water delivery system belonging to the Farmers Ditch Company. Brought together by the devastating impact of the extended drought, an unconventional coalition of stakeholders, including the Yurok and Karuk Tribes, CalTrout, Scott River Water Trust, Farmers Ditch Company, and other partners, will be working cooperatively on the project. The Scott is the most productive coho salmon stream in the Klamath Basin and all of California.

“The fate of our salmon and our community is intertwined with our upriver neighbors. We can either expend our energy fighting and achieve little to nothing, or we can find common ground, like we have here, and dramatically enhance the health of the Scott River,” Myers said. “All of the partners on this project want to see large numbers of salmon return to the Scott.”

“I’m thrilled that this project was awarded funding by CDFW and will give CalTrout the opportunity to work with and bring together so many people in the Scott Valley,” added CalTrout Mt. Shasta/Klamath Regional Director Damon Goodman. “We all depend and rely on water – including our fish – and my team is excited to get to work to create a future where we all have the water we need. This could be a real win-win for fish, farms, and some of California’s Tribal communities.”

Projects like these and others are desperately needed to rebuild fish stocks in the Klamath Basin. There is no doubt that increasing numbers of juvenile salmon will take advantage of the cold water in the Shasta River after the four Klamath dams come down in 2024.

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