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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.

 

 

B. Toastie (they/them) is an award-winning journalist and a staff writer for High Country News writing from the Pacific Northwest. They’re a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Email them at [email protected] or submit a letter to the editor. See our letters to the editor policy.