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What would a healthy Klamath River look like?

An illustration of a complex ecosystem that could exist again.

If it wasn’t dammed, overirrigated and degraded by habitat loss, the Klamath would be a very different place. Under balanced conditions, anadromous fish disseminate marine-derived nutrients throughout the basin to create thriving networks of interconnected life.



Brian Oaster (they/them) is a staff writer at High Country News and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. They are an award-winning investigative journalist living in the Pacific Northwest. Email them at [email protected] or submit a letter to the editor. See our letters to the editor policy.