Critical habitat designation for Basin reservoirs and rivers



GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Klamath Basin irrigation reservoirs and rivers have received a critical habitat designation by the federal government.

The designation was issued Tuesday for Lost River suckers and shortnosed suckers. The network of reservoirs and rivers chosen for the designation are said to be critical to the survival of the fish. The decision came as a result of a settlement with the conservation group Oregon Wild.

The conservation group was unhappy that the area is much smaller than one proposed 24 years ago but never finalized.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says some rivers and reservoirs were removed, in part because the water quality in some of them is so bad that the fish are not likely to thrive in the future.