Tuesday, December 11, 2007

 

Four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River may be removed

Water policy must balance the needs of agriculture, fishermen and wildlife

"Farmers, fishermen, Native Americans and environmentalists could be near a breakthrough on talks about removing four Klamath River dams to restore salmon runs and water health" (Negotiating the Klamath - OregonLive 09dec2007.)

Relicensing of 4 dams on the Klamath River has created a great opportunity to eliminate these dams. The costs of installing the fish ladders that these dams would need to restore habitat for salmon exceed the value of the dams.

JC Boyle Dam, Oregon (N 42.12263 W 122.04823)
Copco Dam no. 1, California (N 41.97946 W 122.33465)
Copco Dam no. 2, California (N 41.97899 W 122.34016)
Iron Gate Dam, California (N 41.93451 W 122.43572)

Copy/paste these coordinates into the Find box at ACME Mapper or into the search box at Google Maps to see the map locations of these dams.

For more information:
Let science guide Klamath dam removal, professors say - OregonLive 09dec2007.
Fish benefit of a Klamath pact questioned - sacbee 09dec2007.
No better option than removing dams in Klamath - Hydropower Reform Coalition dec2007.
Report says Klamath fish need more water - uswaternews dec2007.
Klamath dam report raises hope of removals - sacbee 17nov2007.
Relicensing of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project - ferc.gov 16nov2007.
California commission recommends ripping out Klamath Dams - Seattle Times 29oct2007.
Take down the Klamath River dams - sfgate 06feb2007.

Klamath River Directory - Siskiyou, Humboldt & Del Norte Counties in California, Klamath County in Oregon. Environment, fishing, agriculture, news and recreation (39 sites).

Water Policy and California River Conservation - BRT Insights.

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