Agreement Paves Way For a Healthy Klamath River

A draft agreement, known as the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) that may lead to the removal of four Klamath River dams, was released earlier this week.

The Hydroelectric Agreement also includes provisions for the interim operation of the dams and the process to transfer, decommission, and remove the dams.

According to the Department of Interior, the Agreement lays out the process for additional studies, environmental review, and a decision by the Secretary of the Interior regarding whether:

  • is in the public interest, which includes but is not limited to consideration of potential impacts on affected local communities and Tribes.
  • removal of the lower four dams on the Klamath River that are owned by PacifiCorp will advance restoration of the salmonid fisheries of the Klamath Basin, and
  • The agreement which is yet to be signed by the parties will be available for public review. Read the summary or the entire draft of the proposed Agreement.

 

Coalition members American Rivers, California Trout, Friends of the River, Natural Heritage Institute and Trout Unlimited have long been involved in the negotiations. Other parties include the federal government, the state governments of California and Oregon, tribes, counties, fishermen, and irrigators.

This agreement accompanies the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) released in January 2008.

Read this FAQ by American Rivers on the KHSA and the New York Times article on the agreement.