You can Help to Un-Dam the Klamath

No one said the biggest dam removal in history was going to be easy. That’s why Klamath Riverkeeper, along with over 40 other stakeholders, have been working tirelessly for more that 15 years to free the Klamath River. We need your help in this final stretch. 

The next step in removing four obsolete dams in the Klamath River is to transfer their license from the corporate owner to the nonprofit charged with decommissioning them.  Sounds like a no-brainer, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must request public input. 

November 6th is the comment deadline, but please comment early as the FERC website can be tricky.

How to help

1. Go to ferconline.ferc.gov/quickcomment.aspx
2. Enter your information including e-mail. Open automatic e-mail from FERC, follow link from there to submit comment.
3. In the docket field, enter # P-2082-062 to specify the project.
4. Fill in comment form using our sample letter below as a guide. Personalized letters have more impact so consider adding your own detail.

You may also submit by mail:

RE: P-2082-062
Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Sample Letter

Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Re: Docket # P-2082-062

Dear Secretary Bose,

I support the transfer of the PacifiCorp Hydropower Project license to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation so four outdated and harmful Klamath River dams can be decommissioned. Dam removal, as planned by the Klamath River Renewal Corporation, will provide considerable benefits for the Klamath River and the entire region.

Thousands of jobs will be created from dam removal itself, habitat restoration projects, restoration of the tourism and recreational fishing industries, and restoration of the commercial fishery on more than 700 miles of California and Oregon coastline.

Dam removal will provide public health benefits by eliminating the risk of exposure to toxic algae produced behind the dams and by restoring access to healthy traditional food sources for tribal members and the general public.

Dam removal will provide lower electricity rates because the cost of dam removal is lower than bringing the dams into compliance with laws designed to protect public health, water quality, and endangered species.

Dam removal will reopen 420 miles of historic fish habitat and increase the production of Chinook salmon by more than eighty percent. 

I urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve this proposed License Amendment and transfer to the Klamath River Renewal Corporation for purposes of removing the four Klamath Dams and overseeing the restoration of the Klamath River.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]