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Bring the Salmon Home: Protecting Tribal Trust Resources on the Klamath
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Bring the Salmon Home: Protecting Tribal Trust Resources on the Klamath

This joint webinar between SERCAL and SER will discuss dam removal processes and will look in depth at the Klamath Dam Removal project. This project will be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in U.S. history.

6/12/2019
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
2:00PM Eastern
Where: United States

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Dams serve a multitude of purposes for the human population. They’ve produced hydroelectric power, provided recreation, flood management, irrigation, and improved areas for development. In doing so, these concrete or earthen dams have extirpated aquatic resources from their natal breeding and spawning habitat. In California, it is estimated that over 70% of spawning habitat for salmon has been blocked by dams. There is a growing movement among environmentalist and other groups to remove non-essential dams where the costs outweigh the benefits. Removing dam structures may improve flows for fish and other wildlife and restore a more natural sediment or nutrient flow.

This joint webinar between SERCAL and SER will discuss dam removal processes and will look in depth at the Klamath Dam Removal project. This project will be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in U.S. history. It is the culmination of various groups coming to the table and putting the restoration of natural resources ahead of the imperiled status quo. Dam removal is set to begin as early as 2020.

Speakers Craig Tucker and Michael Belchik have represented the Karuk and Yurok tribes’ involvement during the planning process of the Klamath dam removal. For over 14 years, Craig Tucker served as the Natural Resources Policy Advocate for the Karuk Tribe, working on a wide range of issues that affect Karuk cultural and environmental resources. Craig focused much of his efforts during his tenure with Karuk on the removal of the lower four Klamath River Dams. Michael Belchik is currently the Senior Biologist for the Klamath River Division. Join us June 12th to hear more about these efforts! 

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