Klamath River Dam Removal

[flickr album=72157611926141185 num=5 size=Thumbnail]Cal Trout, the Northern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers & Trout Unlimited along with a number of news agencies are reporting a new agreement to remove 4 dams on the Klamath River which block upstream migrations of Steelhead and Salmon.  This is a major step to restoring these legendary runs of fish.

Here is what Cal Trout’s NE representative Curtis Knight had to say about the agreement:

“After 10 years of FERC relicensing and negotiating we finally have a deal with PacifiCorp to remove four dams on the Klamath River.  The dam removal would allow for the return of salmon and steelhead to over 300 miles of historic spawning and rearing grounds in the Upper Klamath Basin.

While 2020 is a long way off, for a project this scale it is a fairly aggressive timeline.  In the next several years feasibility studies will continue until 2012.  After that time permitting, engineering, restoration design and environmental review will take place before removal in 2020.

This effort also brings much needed stimulus to the area. Siskiyou County is slated to receive millions in mitigation and economic enhancement dollars.  All told the settlement will bring over a $1 billion to the area over the next 12 years in money spent on deconstruction and restoration.”

For a copy of the Klamath Hydropower Agreement and an Executive Summary, go to www.edsheets.com

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