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Klamath Basin Science Captured in Conference Proceedings
Released: 8/11/2011 1:00:00 PM

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SEATTLE — Science papers, posters, and other types of information used to inform and update Klamath Basin public and private sector stakeholders at the 2010 Klamath Basic Science Conference have been published by the USGS in an Open File Report that is now available online.

The report, which contains information developed by a wide variety of federal, state, and local agencies and institutions, identifies stakeholders’ outstanding information needs and science priorities as they relate to whole watershed management, restoration ecology, and possible reintroduction of Pacific salmon associated with the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. It includes the current understanding of the Klamath Basin ecosystem with respect to the most relevant issues for natural resource conservation, ecological restoration, and possible reintroduction of salmon associated with possible dam removals.

This science conference, the first in which science needs and priorities were discussed for the entire basin, featured constructive engagement with a diverse cross-section of stakeholders ranging from key representatives from the Klamath Basin Tribes, Klamath Basin counties, federal and state agencies, and nongovernmental organizations and included specialists such as fish biologists, hydrologists, irrigators, and other water users and regulators. 

A watershed approach, couched in an ecological risk assessment framework, was planned by meeting organizers to focus attention of conference presentations on (1) linkages between upper and lower subbasins; (2) ecosystem processes and interactions; (3) drivers, stressors, and high-level indicators of change; and (4) identification of priority needs as they relate to the management of valued resources or environmental conditions.

The Open File Report, Proceedings of the Klamath Basin Science Conference, Medford, Oregon, February 1–5, 2010, was edited by Lyman Thorsteinson and Scott VanderKooi (USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, Wash., and Klamath Falls, Ore., respectively) and Walter Duffy (USGS California Cooperative Fisheries Research Unit, Arcata, Calif.).

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