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Tell the Cal. Water Board to Un-Dam the Klamath!
For the last four years PacifiCorp's Klamath dams have created one of the worst toxic algae problems ever recorded. This month the State Water Board will begin deciding if relicensing these dams is consistent with the Clean Water Act. It's time to tell them PacifiCorp's dams should NOT receive the clean water certification they need in order to be relicensed by the federal government.
Successul legal action from Klamath Riverkeeper forced the US EPA to list the algal toxin Microcystin as a pollutant, and forced California to regulate PacifiCorp. The state is now reviewing the issue through a special Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This EIR will determine if the dams are issued clean water certification known as a 401 permit, or if they are removed.
The 401 permit may be the single most crucial process within the movement to un-dam the Klamath. If California denies PacifiCorp’s clean water permit for the dams, it is likely that the only realistic solution to the algae pollution is dam removal. Right now, the Water Board is taking "scoping" comments on the Klamath dams' EIR - the public must tell them what factors must be considered before a "401" clean water permit is issued. Send an email, fax, write, or call Jennifer Watts at the State Water Board by November 17th.
Download talking points
Toxic algae facts to consider
401 Permit Frequently Asked Questions
Download the Klamath Hydroelectric Project EIR Scoping Notice
More info on dams and toxic algae on the Klamath
Write, fax, or call the Water Board
Attention: Jennifer Watts
State Water Resources Control Board
P.O. Box 2000
Sacramento, CA 95812-2000
Phone: (916) 341-5397
Fax: (916) 341-5400