Clean Water for the Klamath

Clean Water Means Healthy Communities

Communities that depend on the Klamath River for food, jobs, recreation, and cultural practices face health hazards every year because of poor water quality. Toxic algae concentrations are excessively high thanks to agricultural runoff that feeds the algae, and the Klamath River dams that slow the river and allow algae to multiply in stagnant reservoirs. As a result, the Klamath River dams release some of the highest concentrations of toxic algae known anywhere in the world.

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Our Clean Water for the Klamath Campaign seeks to improve the health of our communities by both eliminating sources of pollution and reducing public exposure when dangerous levels of toxic algae and E. Coli are present in the river.

In addition to toxic algae caused by the dams, countless sources of pollution – from sewage treatment to gold mining – hurt Klamath River water quality.  Because the Clean Water Act can be riddled with government bureaucracy and complex procedures that deter public involvement, we’ve created a resource page for people to learn how to effectively engage in public processes and encourage you to get involved!

Clean Water Act Enforcement: You’re Invited!

Please visit our Clean Water resource page to help improve water quality in the Klamath by supporting enforcement of the Clean Water Act and recovery plans. The Clean Water Act is a federal law that enforced by state agencies who depend on individual citizens’ input to effectively protect water quality in our rivers and streams.

Together with people like you who care about water quality and public health in our communities, we our allies at the Karuk, Yurok, and Klamath Tribes.

Get Involved

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Sign up for our

Klamath Riverkeeper Update List

By joining our network you will receive:

  • email alerts when health advisories are issued on the Klamath River
  • online actions to support clean water
  • invitations to public hearings, rallies, and events focused on the Klamath River.