Groundwater Abuse in the Scott Valley (2015) [video]
As fish dependent communities are working to remove dams on the main stem, a new focus is being placed on key tributaries where the overwhelming majority of salmon spawn and rear before their journey to the sea, of these tributaries one of the most important is the Scott River. The Klamath Basin is one of America’s most treasured natural landscapes. Covering over 15,000 square miles in Southern Oregon and Northern California, the Klamath Basin is one of the West’s greatest salmon producers, powering a commercially valuable ocean fishery as well as a culturally important Tribal subsistence fishery. However, the Klamath River is in decline. A century of dams, diversions, and poor land management have led to fishing closures and massive fish kills in recent years.