KLAMATH, Calif. — North Coast tribes are celebrating the 20th annual Salmon Run this week.
This year's event began on Thursday at the mouth of the Klamath River on the Yurok Reservation and continued Friday in Hoopa along the Trinity River.
The run was started in 2002 by four local tribal high schoolers in an effort to raise awareness of the harm caused by the Klamath River dams to local salmon.
One of those high schoolers was Tasha James, who was able to participate in this year's run with her own family and celebrate the progress that has been made since she helped start the run all those years ago.
"It's definitely tears of happiness and gratitude for all the many people over the years coming together to continue this run. It's just all of those emotions," James said.
Now, the roughly 1,200 runners are able to celebrate the fact that the Klamath Dam will in fact be removed in the near future, as was announced in 2022 after decades of tribal citizens and environmental advocates fighting for the dam's removal.
Over the weekend, runners will continue up the Klamath River all the way to the Iron Gate Dam, where the run will finish on Sunday.
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