In what amounts to 10,000 more good reasons to get the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) in place, migrating waterfowl are dying by the thousands because Klamath Basin wildlife refuges don’t receive water on a priority basis (from the Record Searchlight):
At least 10,000 migrating snow geese and other waterfowl have died this spring at drought-plagued Lower Klamath and Tule Lake national wildlife refuges along the Oregon border in Siskiyou County.
Biologists are calling the avian cholera outbreak one of the biggest drought-related die-offs in the refuges’ more than 100-year history.
The KBRA divides water differently and offers the wildlife refuges greater water security than they currently enjoy:
In an area that’s increasingly stricken by drought, Cole said something needs to be done to protect the birds, and he warns of a more and larger die-offs in the years to come if the refuges don’t get increased water allocations as promised in a settlement that also includes plans to tear down four dams on the Klamath River.
The KBRA isn’t just good for steelhead, salmon and irrigators; it’s also necessary to protect our wildlife refuges.