Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A judge has ruled that the California Department of Fish and Game's deal allowing ranchers to continue drawing water from two Klamath River tributaries that often run dry in the summer does not do enough to protect threatened coho salmon.

The ruling from the Superior Court of California in San Francisco tells the department to figure out how many salmon are actually killed by water withdrawals from the Scott and Shasta rivers, come up with some effective steps to improve the survival of coho in those rivers, and give the public a chance to comment on it all.

The ruling issued last week comes in a lawsuit brought by groups representing salmon fishermen, an Indian tribe, and conservation groups.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Recommended for you