The pressure is growing to take down the Klamath River Dams; the draft report released by the U.S. Department of the Interior says a landmark agreement to remove dams in the Klamath Basin will restore salmon and sustain irrigation for farmers in Southern Oregon and Northern California.
North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson (D-St.Helena) has introduced legislation supporting the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA), and in a media release, he says “The time for Congress to act is now.”
From the Eureka Times-Standard:
The findings seem to support a bill recently introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkeley, D-Oregon, and North Coast Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, that would authorize the Interior Department to decide whether to remove the four Klamath River dams.
Thompson issued a statement on Tuesday urging his colleagues in Congress to act on the bill, which dam-removal proponents claim is being held hostage by the partisan rancor that is enveloping the Capitol.
”The synthesis of studies released today scientifically confirms that the agreements in place represent the best way forward for the Klamath River Basin and its communities,” Thompson said in the release. “Years of scientific and technical studies have concluded that the dam removals will not only benefit our river basin by restoring fish and wildlife habitats, it will strengthen our economy by creating thousands of jobs. The time for Congress to act is now.”
The story details the legislative roadblocks to the KBRA’s implementation (mostly partisan gridlock in Washington), and the members of the KBRA’s likely response to a congressional failure to meet the March deadline for passing legislation (an extension in the deal).
CalTrout will soon help its membership and readership to support the KBRA agreement with their legislator.