Yurok Tribe ‘Strongly Opposes’ New Draft Legislation to Deal With Klamath
Press release from the Yurok tribe:
The long-awaited draft legislation from U.S. Representative Greg Walden of Oregon to address Klamath water issues was finally revealed yesterday. Despite extensive cooperation and collaboration by Klamath basin communities to address Klamath water issues, the draft bill fails to incorporate the principles that formed the basis of the Klamath River negotiations. Most notably, the legislation does not provide for dam removal, which is the key component of a long-term fisheries restoration strategy. In addition, it includes a transfer of significant land acreage from federal to county control that would harm fisheries resources in the Klamath Basin.
The Yurok Tribe strongly opposes this draft legislation.
“The Yurok Tribe cannot support any legislation that does not improve conditions on the Klamath River,” said James Dunlap, Chairman of the Yurok Tribe. “This bill distorts and guts the original intentions of the Klamath Basin communities when we sat down to try to find common ground. The proposed legislation bears little resemblance to the principles worked on by the parties during the years-long negotiations. It would result in irreparable harm to the fisheries resources and does not honor the hardworking families whose lives are inextricably connected toe Klamath River. This legislation would return the Klamath back to the days of continual strife between Upper and Lower basin interests.”
The Yurok Tribe vigorously opposes this new legislation, as should anyone interested in the long-term health of the Klamath River. The Yurok Tribe is committed to restoring the river and determined to do whatever it takes to achieve dam removal by 2020. If Congress can’t do it, the fiercely independent and forward-thinking communities of the Klamath Basin will move forward to restore the Klamath River.
About the Yurok Tribe
The Yurok Tribe, the largest tribe in California, has more than 6,000 members. The Tribe’s ancestral territory runs eighty-three miles along the California coastline from the Little River to Damnation Creek. To the east the Tribe’s ancestral lands reach above the Klamath River’s confluence with the Trinity River. For more information about the Yurok Tribe, please visit www.yuroktribe.org.