Klamath River and Tributaries- Yellow
Blue-Green Algae Map
Copco and Iron Gate Reservoirs are posted
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
Current Readiness Levels
Mainstem Klamath River- Yellow
-Ich infections in adult salmonids
Klamath River Tributaries- Yellow
-Low flows and critically dry water year
- 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
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.
July 28, 2014 - 2014 Klamath River Juvenile Chinook Salmon Health Monitoring, Ceratomyxa shasta Prevalence (Link to additional Fish Health Monitoring Reports here)
October 17, 2013 - Alert level changed back to green. No further KFHAT meetings planned for 2013.
Triggers for KFHAT Initial Investigations and Full Monitoring Response:
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.
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.
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
- 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
Fish Kill Response Plan (large file)