Yurok Tribe presses suit for Klamath fishkill
Monday, September 1, 2003

The Yurok Tribe of California is moving forward with a lawsuit against the federal government for the deaths of 33,000 fish in the Klamath Basin.

The tribe claims the federal government violated its trust and treaty responsibilities by not providing enough water to the basin. The fish died last September.

In July, a federal judge denied a summary judgment motion filed by the Yurok Tribe and the Hoopa Valley Tribe. The judge said there was a genuine dispute over the extent of the government's fiduciary responsibilities and that the case could go to trial.

Get the Story:
Higher flows ease fears over repeat of Klamath salmon kill (AP 9/1)

Get the Decision:
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations v. Bureau of Reclamation (July 15, 2003)

Relevant Links:
Klamath Basin Coalition -

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