April 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Konrad Fisher, 530-921-9660
Klamath, CA – Today, PacifiCorp, the states of California and Oregon, the Yurok and Karuk Tribes, and two federal agencies signed an agreement to remove four Klamath River dams in early 2020. The agreement requires approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission using existing legal authority but does not require an act of Congress like previous versions of the agreement.
The following is a statement from Konrad Fisher, Director, Klamath Riverkeeper
“Today we celebrate a milestone for healthy rivers. After a decade-long grassroots campaign led by tribal members from the Klamath River, we overcame the greatest odds and now have an agreement that paves the way for a free flowing Klamath River by 2020.
“After years of lawsuits, protests, and inaction by Congress, we can celebrate a new path toward dam removal which means cleaner water and improved conditions for salmon. The agreement marks a victory for communities that depend on the Klamath River for food, jobs, recreation and cultural survival.
“Klamath River Dam removal will open more than 400 miles of historic fish habitat, reduce toxic algae levels, improve the regional tourism and fishing industries, and increase access to healthy food sources for local communities. Dam removal is also less costly than upgrades that would be required by the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.”