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KRRC names McMillen Jacobs Associates owner’s representative for Klamath dam removal project

Klamath River Dam

The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC), in its continued progress toward implementing the Amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), has selected McMillen Jacobs to provide owner’s representation services.

KRRC is an independent nonprofit organization formed in 2016 for the sole purpose of taking ownership of four PacifiCorp dams in the U.S. Pacific Northwest and then removing those dams. The dams involved are J.C. Boyle, Copco, No. 1 & 2, and Iron Gate in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S.

Removal of these dams will help federal and state agencies carry out obligations set forth in the KHSA, which has a goal of restoring a free-flowing Klamath River. This agreement, reached in February 2010, lays out the process for additional studies as well as environmental review.

McMillen Jacobs is a full-service engineering, construction management, environmental, and construction firm in the water resources, hydropower, fisheries, water conveyance, irrigation, transportation, heavy civil, and underground markets.

KRRC says the company is “fully qualified to advise on dam decommissioning, reservoir modifications, construction of fish hatcheries, water line replacements, fish passage and habitat restoration.”

Mark Bransom, KRRC chief executive officer, states, “They are one of the few firms who have either designed or constructed most of the elements involved in the removal of the lower Klamath dams, so they are uniquely positioned to offer the experience and expertise needed to deliver success.”

KRRC’s work is funded by PacifiCorp customer surcharges and California Proposition 1 water bond funds.

KRRC entered into a dam removal design-build contract with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. in 2019.

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