Klamath Dam Removal May Proceed Without KBRA

The owner of four Klamath River hydroelectric dams along with the Department of Interior and the states of Oregon and California signed an Agreement in Principal on February 2, a formal, but non-binding document that declares their intention to work with the parties of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) to amend the KHSA in order to facilitate the removal of four dams on the Klamath River.The initiative by the Department of Interior, the states and the dam owner may accomplish the action most important to Tribes, conservationists and fishermen, but pays limited attention to the water access issues most important to upper basin farmers and irrigators. Read More →

California Lawmakers Push Senate Bill to Ship Water South During Drought

With severe drought gripping the Western United States, several Hoopa tribal officials are in Washington D.C., where the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee is debating a bill designed to “maximize water supplies for famers.” Read More →

County Commissioners Consider Withdrawing From Klamath Settlements

New commissioners in Klamath County, the equivalent of supervisors in a California county, have reopened discussions to decide whether or not to cancel an extension for the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA). An earlier set of commissioners passed the extension a few months ago. Read More →

Federal Scientists Release Final Klamath Dam Report

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a final 400-page overview of the expected effects of dam removal on the Klamath River. Read More →

VOICES-Opinion of Felice Pace of Klamath, Calif.

I agree with PacifiCorp VP and chief PR man Dean Brockbank who in the January 22nd TRT wrote: “Everyone owes it to those who are impacted by this issue (dam removal) and trying to sort out its complexities to responsibly stick to the facts.” That’s why I can’t understand how Mr. Brockbank could have also written in that same letter:“The liability protection described in the KHSA would only protect the company and its customers from impacts related to the actions of others in carrying out the dam removal process itself.” Read More →

Salmon River Restoration Council Approves Delayed Klamath Deal Deadline

When the directors of the Salmon River Restoration Council (SRRC) met recently to consider whether to extend the sunset date for the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), they got a big surprise. Read More →

VOICES: Opinion by Leonard Masten, Hoopa Tribal Chairman

Recent claims of retribution by government scientist come as no surprise. The Klamath Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has used bad science in the past. No one living on the Klamath can forget the Bush Administration decision to manipulate Klamath science in 2002 and the subsequent death of 60,000 salmon followed by years of fishing disaster declarations because of scant salmon populations. It appears we may be slipping back toward those dark days. Read More →

VOICES: Opinion by Dean Brockbank, PacifiCorp

The debate around the KHSA and the companion Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) will go on. While we all won’t agree on what’s the best way to resolve these issues, it’s important that the debate be informed by facts. To that end I’d like to clarify some of the inaccuracies and mischaracterizations that have become part of the public discussion over time, including recently in comments conveyed in this newspaper (Klamath Dam and Water Deals Delayed Further, TRT, 1/11/13). Read More →