Lost River in Need
Felice Pace, Letter to the Editor
Klamath Falls Herald & News
November 8, 2005
I read with satisfaction your articles and editorials praising the new fish ladders at Link River Dam. Along with removal of Chiloquin
Dam, effective fish passage at Link River will go a long way toward restoring healthy populations of
Kuptu and Tshuam (Lost River and shortnose suckers) in the Upper Klamath River Basin.
about the Lost River? Should not the species that bears that river's name also be recovered in that river
basin? Populations of endangered suckers in the remnant of Tule Lake and in Clear Lake are physically
isolated because there is no fish passage at either Malone or Anderson Rose dams. (I'm not sure about
Lost River Dam and Miller Dam, but suspect they also were built without fish passage).
quality improves in the Lost River and as riparian restoration projects flourish, shouldn't fish passage
at the Lost River's dams also be accomplished in order to take full advantage of the improving
One of the neat things about the Endangered Species Act is that it is not enough to
preserve plants and animals in zoos. The act says that species must be preserved and recovered in their
natural habitats and that all distinct population segments must be recovered A recovery plan for Kuptu
and Tshuam is long overdue. Such a plan ought to include the Lost River and should aim to restore fish
passage as an essential step toward full recovery and removal from the endangered species list.
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