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Briefing Date:10/21/2003
Topic:Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin: Causes of Decline and Strategies for Recovery

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology
Committee on Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin

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Congressional Briefing
Tuesday, October 21, 2003 -- 2:00 p.m.
HC-6, The Capitol Building

on

Endangered and Threatened Fishes in the Klamath River Basin:
Causes of Decline and Strategies for Recovery

The final report (second of two) from a National Academies committee studying whether low water levels are to blame for the decline of the sucker fish in Oregon's Upper Klamath Lake or of salmon in the Klamath River, which runs from the lake through northern California and empties into the Pacific Ocean. The committee's interim report found no scientific basis for federal scientists' conclusion that low water levels -- which can occur when the federal government diverts water for farm irrigation -- were the cause of the fishes' decline.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on October 21, 2003 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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