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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Interior Issues Draft Overview Report on Klamath Dam Removal Studies

The Interior Department published a draft report summarizing two years of scientific and technical studies conducted to help inform the Secretary of the Interior on a forthcoming decision on whether to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, per the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) of 2010. Read More →

DEIS Paves Way for Dam Removal

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar delivered a major policy speech in San Francisco last week that boosted up Klamath River dam removal. Two days later his department released a massive environmental document about the proposed removal and the surrounding agreements Read More →

Cuts to Klamath Dam Removal and Sedimentation Study

The U.S. House of Representatives spent several days during the third week of February considering H.R.1, known as the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The continuing resolution is designed to keep the federal government operating for the rest of the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, 2011. H.R.1 passed by a vote of 235 to 189 (Roll No.147). Read More →