For more than a century, four hydroelectric dams along the Oregon-California border have cut off habitat to fish swimming up the Klamath River from the ocean. Now, researchers are in the midst of a project to learn how fish will use this ecosystem once the dams are removed.
The Klamath Basin has been plagued by drought and a lack of water for years, and issues persist. The effects are far-reaching for tribes, ranchers, farmers, waterfowl advocates, and people who rely on residential wells.
An innovative restoration project at Lakeside Farms is a hopeful demonstration of cooperation in a region that has seen bitter fights between tribes, farmers and wildlife advocates over who gets scarce water.