Northwest

New Reports Support Removal of Klamath Dams

Three new reports show that removing the four dams on Klamath River will benefit the health of the river and salmon in the long run.

A joint press release issued by American Rivers and the Karuk Tribe, states that the removal of the dams will have relatively minor negative effects in the short-run, will not require sediment removal, but will be beneficial to salmon and water quality without incurring any increased flood risk to downstream residents.

Parties Sign Settlement for Cushman Project in Washington

Following the DC Circuit Court in 2006, Tacoma Power, Skokomish Tribe, agencies and other stakeholders have signed a settlement agreement that will govern the operations of the Cushman Hydroelectric project on the Skokomish River.

The agreement signed on Jan 12, addresses resources issues including instream flows, fish habitat, fish passage and recreation.

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Baker project licensed for 50 years

Last Friday, FERC issued a 50-year license to the Puget Sound Energy Inc. for operation of Baker River Hydroelectric Project (P-2150) in Skagit and Whatcom counties, Washington.The license accompanies a Settlement Agreement signed by the licensee, state and federal resource agencies, tribes, counties, and non-governmental groups.

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