On May 24, the Klamath Tribes—collectively the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin Tribes—filed suit against the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service under the Endangered Species Act on behalf of the C’waam and Koptu fish, the Lost River and Shortnose suckers, respectively.
The Tribes seek “better management of water levels, water quality and habitat protection in Upper Klamath Lake,” according to the announcement of the suit.
“Our creation story tells us that if the C’waam go away, the people go away. Both the C’waam and Koptu, which are vital to our culture and subsistence, are now at imminent risk of extinction. The science makes it clear that this was the only option left to us to address the water and fish emergency in the lake,” said Klamath Tribal Chairman Don Gentry in the Tribe’s announcement of the action. — WLJ