Agreements signed in disputed Klamath River dam removal

Parties to the Klamath Basin settlement have signed a pair of agreements, moving ahead plans for the removal of four dams on the Klamath River.

The dams, located on the Klamath River in California and Southern Oregon, are the 90.338-MW J.C. Boyle, 20-MW Copco 1, 27-MW Copco 2, and 18-MW Iron Gate. The full hydroelectric project (No. 2082) features six dams and seven powerhouses. PacifiCorp is the project licensee. (HydroWorld 7/2/09)

A broad stakeholder collaborative effort has been under way for several years to address long-standing disputes over scarce water resources and fisheries restoration in the Klamath Basin.

The two agreements provide a framework for removing the dams by 2020, if the plan receives approval by Congress and Interior Department scientists. The pacts also lay out a plan for sharing water between wild fish and farms, and restoring the ecological balance of the river basin.

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