Residents Voice Concerns About Klamath River Dams

More than 20 Orleans area residents expressed their concerns about the dams on the Klamath River at a scoping meeting before California Water Resources Control Board officials last week. All of the speakers said they want the dams removed./Photo by Leslie Lollich, TRT Contributor.An ex Yurok and Karuk water scientist stood up to put on record that “spring Chinook have been suffering since conquest.” He also reminded the water board that the dams would only rightly be considered point source polluters, since, removal of the dams would release accumulated mercury sludge. Pointing out that the dams were a genocidal project, he set the tone for the rest of the meeting. Read More →

River Activists and Tribes Prepare For Water Board Public Hearings in Orleans, Arcata and Yreka

Former Hoopa Valley Tribal Council Member, Hayley Hutt shown outside of the California Water Resources Control Board Meeting in Sacramento on  July 17, 2012, where the Hoopa Tribe has continually asked the Water Board to stop stalling the 401 Clean Water Certification process for PacifiCorp. The Hoopa Valley Tribe has argued that stalling the 401 certification process only buys PacifCorp more without being accoutnable for the poor water quality conditions their dams cause on the Klamath River./TRT file photo. The schedule includes a meeting Thursday, January 14, in Sacramento, then meetings in Arcata on Monday, January 25, and in Orleans and Yreka, both on Tuesday, January 26. The Orleans session is an add-on requested by the Karuk Tribe in their effort to encourage more input from people in the river communities. It is a step in the process open to both scientists and to locals who may want to make sure the Water Board does not overlook any issue dam opponents consider important. Read More →

VOICES: Will Tribes Hinder the FERC Process For Klamath Dam Removal?

21-1klamathopedprotestphotoFor over a decade one of the main points of contention has been dam removal on the river. In the KBRA, signatory parties wanted California rate and taxpayers to cover the cost of dam removal for Pacificorp, the owner of JC Boyle, Copco 1, Copco 2, and Iron Gate dams. The KHSA was conditioned upon enactment of federal legislation, among other factors. That legislation clearly will not occur. Read More →