Fish Health

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Readiness Level

Klamath River between Iron Gate and Scott River- Orange

Klamath River below Scott River and Tributaries- Yellow

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Blue-Green Algae Map

BGA Tracker-
The Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs, and the Klamath River from Interstate 5 to the 
Roy Rook boat ramp (river mile 6) are posted

Real-Time Data

The table above contains provisional data provided by the USGS via the waterservices site. All data are provisional and may be recalculated before final approval. This table may take several seconds to load.

* = value 2+ hours old
**=4 or more hours

Link to Real-Time WQ Map

KBMP Vision

The Klamath Basin Monitoring Program facilitates the coordination and implementation of water quality monitoring in support of the stewardship, protection, and restoration of all beneficial uses within the Klamath River watershed, with the ultimate goal of restoring water quality. Learn More

Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team

Fish Health Monitoring Updates
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Current Readiness Levels

Mainstem Klamath between Iron Gate Reservoir and the Scott River- Orange

     -Ich and high pre-spawn mortality ratesorangefish

  • A kill is likely to occur and management levels in agencies need to be alerted. 
  • Frequent data sharing among KFHAT and resource managers is vital. 
  • If possible, KFHAT will provide recommendations for resource management actions to management with basis for recommendations.

Klamath River below Scott River and Tributaries- Yellow

      -Low flows and critically dry water year

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  • Conditions, such as unfavorable physical or chemical conditions, observation of increased incidence of pathogens, or increased fish morbidity and/or mortality suggest the need for heightened awareness.
  • Frequent data sharing among KFHAT and resource managers becomes important.
  • The Response Plan procedures should be reviewed and responders should be ready to take action if the situation worsens. 

Read more about the Readiness Levels
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Report sick or dead fish - Call (800) 852-7550 - Flyer for Klamath and Trinity Rivers

Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team
 Readiness Level Interactive Map
 

The KFHAT interactive map (click on map for link) presents the readiness level for the Klamath Basin below Iron Gate dam in a visual format.  The user can click on any segment of the Klamath River or its tributaries to access a pop-up window with links to websites containing water quality, fisheries, and disease data and information.
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 Latest Updates:

October 24, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

October 10, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

October 7, 2014 - CADFW Fish Pathologist Report for Iron Gate Hatchery

October 3, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

September 29, 2014 - Yurok Tribe DRAFT Memo on Presence of Ich Parasite- UPDATED

September 26, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

September 22, 2014 - CADFW Fish Pathologist Report for Trinity River Hatchery

September 19, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

September 16, 2014 - US Bureau of Reclamation Press Release on emergency flow release from Trinity Reservoir

Septmeber 16, 2014 - US Fish and Wildlife Service memo on detection of ich in adult Chinook in lower Klamath River

September 16, 2014 - Yurok Tribe Memo on Presence of Ich Parasite

September 12, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

September 5, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 29, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 27, 2014 - KFHAT Press Release- KFHAT on High Alert for Signs of Fish Mortality

August 22, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 15, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 8, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 1, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

July 28, 2014 - 2014 Klamath River Juvenile Chinook Salmon Health Monitoring, Ceratomyxa shasta Prevalence (Link to additional Fish Health Monitoring Reports here)

July 24, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights 

July 10, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

July 1, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

June 5, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

May 27, 2014 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

July 19, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

July 31, 2013 - Pearch Creek Dead Fish Investigation Outcome 

August 1, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 8, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 15, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 22, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

August 29, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

Findings of August 29, 2013 Investigation of Reported Dead Fish In The Estuary

September 5, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

September 12, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

September 19, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

October 3, 2013 - KFHAT Meeting Highlights

October 17, 2013 - Alert level changed back to green.  No further KFHAT meetings planned for 2013.

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Triggers for KFHAT Initial Investigations and Full Monitoring Response:

 Initial Investigations:

KFHAT will investigate any credible report of sick or dead fish along the Klamath River or its tributaries.  PLEASE REPORT ANY OBSERVATIONS OF LARGE NUMBERS OF DEAD OR DYING FISH TO SARA BOROK (California Department of Fish and Wildlife): 707-822-0330.

Full Monitoring Response:

Trigger for Adult Fish Kill Monitoring Response by KFHAT: Greater than 50 fresh adults (clear eye) in a 24 hour period in any 20 km reach.

Trigger for Juvenile Fish Kill Monitoring Response by KFHAT: Based on the best professional judgment (BPJ) of KFHAT members.  KFHAT members include fishery biologists at various agencies, tribes, and watershed organizations.  These biologists have many years of experience working on the river and will use their BPJ to determine when juvenile fish are sick or dying in numbers that are greater than background values.
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About KFHAT:

The Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team (KFHAT) is a technical workgroup which formed during the summer of 2003 with the purpose of providing early warning and a coordinated response effort to avoid, or at least address, a non-hazardous materials related fish kill event in the anadramous portion of the Klamath River basin.

To accomplish this goal, KFHAT created a network through which information about current river and fish health conditions in the Klamath Basin can be quickly shared among participants, the general public, and resource managers.

What We Do:

  • Monitor conditions and provide resource managers with real-time data and information about river conditions as an early warning of a fish kill
  • Provide a coordinated monitoring response to an imminent or active fish kill
  • Collect data and information to better understand conditions and the warning signs leading to a fish kill

What We Don't Do:

  • We don't set policy. 
  • We don't determine resource management.

KFHAT is a technical workgroup which provides data and information to policy makers and resource managers.

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Paticipants:

KFHAT was initiated by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and is made up of agencies, tribes, private organizations, and other interested individuals that share a concern for fish health in the anadromous portions of the Klamath Basin. KFHAT members include representatives from many organizations including the following:

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Hoopa Valley Tribe
  • Humboldt Watershed Council
  • Karuk Tribe
  • Klamath Basin Monitoring Program
  • Klamath Salmon Anglers and Guides Association
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • PacifiCorp
  • Quartz Valley Tribe
  • Salmon River Restoration Council
  • Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Yurok Tribe

Contacts:

Sara Borok - California Department of Fish and Game
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Phone: 707-822-0330

 

Katharine Carter - North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Phone: 707-576-2290
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Documents:

Update on Flow Forecasts for the Lower Klamath River and Adult Salmon Fish Kill Risk for 2014 - August 15th, 2014

Water Quality Monitoring Protocol for Responding to a Fish Kill Event

Data Collection Protocol in Case of a Fish Kill Event in the Lower Klamath River Below Weitchpec, CA

KFHAT Training Manual - 2011

Fish Kill Response Plan  (large file)

Fish Kill Response Map

Pulse Flow Summary for Adult Fall Chinook

Trinity Fall Flow Join Memo - NOAA Fisheries & US Fish and Wildlife

Publications:

Migration Strategies of Adult Chinook Salmon Runs in Response to Diverse Environmental Conditions in the Klamath River Basin - October 2012

Factors influencing the behavior and duration of residence of adult Chinook salmon in a stratified estuary - March 2012

Summary of Evidence to Guide Special Flow Releases to Reduce the Risk of Adult Fall Chinook Salmon Mass Disease Mortality in the Lower Klamath River - August 2010

Upper Thermal Limits to Migration in Adult Chinook Salmon: Evidence from the Klamath River Basin - June 2010

California-Nevada Fish Health Center Reports

 

 

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