FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 2, 2016
CONTACT: Konrad Fisher, 530-627-3311, Konrad@klamathriver.org
New Agreement in Principle for Klamath River Dam Removal
Representatives from California, Oregon and the federal Government announced an agreement-in-principle today with PacifiCorp detailing plans to remove four Klamath River dams. The dams were slated for removal pursuant to multi-stakeholder settlements signed in 2010, but Congress failed to pass legislation to implement the agreements before a December 2015 deadline. The new agreement-in-principle contains elements of the original settlement agreements and can be implemented without Congressional approval.
Statement by Klamath Riverkeeper’s Director, Konrad Fisher:
“Since Congress derailed the Klamath Settlement Agreements, we are encouraged by this alternative path to un-dam the Klamath River by 2020. Moving forward, we will work to ensure that any water sharing agreements protect endangered fish and traditional food sources for tribal members.
This will be the largest dam removal and salmon restoration project in history. It will benefit everyone who depends on the Klamath River for jobs, food, recreation and cultural survival.
Dam removal is the most cost-effective way achieve legally-mandated water quality improvements and will save electricity ratepayers a lot of money.
Today’s action marks a huge victory in the decade-long campaign to Un-Dam the Klamath River. This agreement would not have been possible without the dedication of Native American tribal members, commercial and sport fishing groups, conservation organizations, and local business owners.”