Keystone Initiative: Klamath River Salmonid Recovery

Readying steelhead and salmon for dam removal

In 2015, congressional inaction derailed the historic Klamath Basin Restoration Agreements, which had been carefully brokered by more than 50 Klamath basin stakeholders—including CalTrout, federal agencies, California and Oregon, tribes, counties, irrigators, conservation, and fishing groups—to remove four aging hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. The failure to follow through on these agreements reeked of political short-termism and undercut the interests certain legislators who stood in the way of approval of the agreement claim to represent, including agricultural irrigators, commercial fisherman, and PacifCorp.

But, thanks to the resiliency of those committed to constructive solutions for complex water issues in the west, an amendment of the historic Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA)—signed in April 2016—will carry forward the effort to decommission the four dams by 2020, amounting to one of the largest river restoration efforts in the nation.

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Mount Shasta / Klamath Region News

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