Protecting our Rivers

Klamath Tribal Projects

Current projects supported and funded by Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission dollars received from N.O.A.A. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) through the PCSRF (Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund) project to the following Tribes along the Klamath River for project year 2012.

Klamath Tribal Projects

  • Characterize the Hydrogeomorphology and Thermal Patterns of Spencer Creek to Support Habitat Restoration and Anadromous Salmonid Reintroduction

PCSRF funds will be used to undertake systematic assessments of upper basin tributaries.  These studies will help determine habitat suitability for reintroductions of anadromous salmonids and identify future habitat restoration opportunities.  The Tribes will continue this basin wide program with and assessment of Spencer Creek.  The Spencer Creek watershed is located 20 miles west of Klamath Falls and is known to support a healthy redband trout population.  Several unique factors make this watershed a target for ner-term efforts to re-establish anadromous fish in the Upper Klamath Basin.  First, the creek lies downstream from Upper Klamath Lake (UKL) and upstream of J.C. Boyle dam.  This location ensures that reintroduced salmonids would not have to negotiate potentially challenging conditions in UKL before accessing the mainstem Klamath River.  Second, the creek displays classic habitat types in salmon-bearing mountain rivers including sequences of pools, riffles, runs, glides.  Lastly, watershed is also hevily wooded and devoid of agricultural disturbance.  This project proposes to use a compination of topo- and thermo-bathymetric, sediment characterization, and remote sensing/GIS assessment methods to: (1) explore and evaluate the different hydrogeomorphic habitat types in Spencer Creek, (2) characterize thermal patterns and variability in the creek, and (3) to synthesize this information with information about the biological requirements of specific fish stocks to develop a spawning and rearing suitability classification that identifies areas of the river that are more or less suited to support different life history requirements associated with reintroduction.  Information will also be used to evaluate the potential for improvement of habitats that would enhance success of re-introduction efforts.  This information will provide a strong basis for designing a successful re-introduction program.

  • Develop an Upper Klamath Basin Restoration and Monitoring Program

In the Upper Klamath Basin, there are several entities working towards restoring watershed health in preparation for salmonid reintroduction and this restoration activity will increase substantially with the passage of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement.  Currently, no official restoration or monitoring programs exist to develop common goals, coordinate restoration projects, prioritize funding, monitor project effectiveness and direct future work.  The primary goal of this project is to develop planning and policy tools to coordinate and maximize the effectiveness of future restoration efforts undertaken in the UKB.  To achieve its goal this project component will develop an Upper Klamath Basin Restoration and Monitoring program.  The Klamath Tribes will meet regularly with its partners in the basin to find common goals, define roles, build protocols, and develop official agreements.  Successful completion of this project will ensure that future restoration efforts in the Upper Klamath Basin will be efficient, effective and ultimately successful in restoring watershed health for the endangered species of the Klamath River Watershed.