Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 03, 2002

Informational rafting trip planned

The Kenai Watershed Forum is sponsoring an informational Kenai River rafting trip with local historian Gary Titus. The trip will take place June 2, and will run from Cooper Landing to Skilak Lake. Space is limited. For information, or to make reservations, call the Kenai Watershed Forum at 260-5449.

Salmon rescued after Klamath River diverted

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Biologists are scrambling to rescue baby salmon and other fish stranded in puddles of water along the banks of the Klamath River near the Oregon-California border.

The salmon problem comes after a March move by Interior Secretary Gale Norton and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to divert water from the Klamath River's source into farm fields along the border.

Norton and Veneman were responding to pleas from farmers who experienced a shortage of irrigation water last year due to record drought.

''We are investigating what's happening, and we are documenting what's happening, in terms of change in river flow,'' said Gary Stacey, regional fisheries program manager with the state Department of Fish and Game.

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