Judge allows Klamath River lawsuit to go forward

If we may paraphrase: Energy company PacifiCorp has asked a federal judge, “Pretty please, can you dismiss a lawsuit claiming our Klamath River dams are polluting the river and killing salmon?” and the judge has responded, “No, sirree, see you in court.” The Klamath, which runs along the California-Oregon border, was once the third-biggest salmon producer on the West Coast; last year, the fish count was so low that the commercial fishing season was all but shut down. PacifiCorp says the toxic algae blooms blamed for killing the salmon are, like, totally common in watersheds, and unrelated to the dams.