Water Division

Ken Fetcho
Assistant Director
kfetcho@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707)-954-1523 cell
707-482-1822 x 1002 office

Micah Gibson
Environmental Specialist
Hydrology mgibson@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707) 954-1996 cell
(707) 482-1822 x 1004 office

Bill Patterson
Environmental Specialist
Wetlands wpatterson@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707)954-1865 cell
(707) 482-1822 x 1001 office

Scott Sinnott
Environmental Specialist
Water Quality ssinnott@yuroktribe.nsn.us (707)-954-1337 cell
(707) 482-1822 x 1003 office

Yurok Tribe
Klamath Office
15900 Hwy 101 N
PO Box 1027
Klamath, CA 95548

Water Quality Program

In 2001, YTEP, the Karuk Tribe and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service began water quality sampling throughout the Klamath River.

Today, YTEP has an extensive program that collects and stores data for over 15 different components. This data will help the Tribe to efficiently and accurately monitor conditions on the Klamath River.

blue green algea

Blue Green Algae will turn clean clear water green, thick and soupy.
Some Blue Green Algae, like Microcystin, can make you ill.


Blue Green Algae: What You Need To Know:

Blue Green Algae RiverBlue Green Algae (also called Cyanobacteria) are simple plants that normally live in nutrient rich, warm and slow moving bodies of water. Abundant sunlight in the summer and fall contribute to algae blooms, that cover a large area. Iron Gate and Copco reservoirs often experience large blooms of Blue Green Algae in the summer and fall. Water traveling downstream from the dams contains Blue Green Algae and can pose a risk to public health.

Not All Algae Are Bad

Mycrocystis aeruginosa is the most common type of Blue Green Algae in the Klamath Basin that produce toxins, known as microcystins. It is these toxins that can cause illnesses. Microcystins are the toxins that we are most concerned with. YTEP regularly monitors for presence of toxic Blue Green Algae and microcystins in the river during the summer and fall, when large blooms are most likely to occur. If they are present in large numbers, then a warning is issued. Unless a warning is issued it is safe to use the river.

What Should I Do During Blooms? I've Been Exposed! Now What?


Water Division Programs

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