The Gold Hill irrigators divert water through a dam that crosses about 3/4ths of the main stem Rogue River. This dam is now the highest ranked priority for removal in the Rogue River Basin. This dam harms migrating salmon and steelhead on the Rogue and diverts much more water than is allowed by the district's water right.
WaterWatch and the Gold Hill Irrigation District have entered into a cooperative agreement and developed a plan to fix the diversion to benefit fish and the Rogue River while also meeting the irrigation needs of the district. Donations would help leverage grants and other funds to assist with the construction phase of the project.
This project will allow more adult wild Rogue River salmon, steelhead and trout to migrate up and down river safely, increasing overall spawning and survival success. The project will also allow the irrigators to continue using water, but more efficiently. The project will also leave more water in the Rogue River for fish, wildlife and boaters. Increased river health will help the economy of communities in the Rogue Basin.
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