Monday November 14, 2022

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On November 17 at 7 am PST, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will vote on the staff recommendation to surrender the license for the four lower PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River and begin the dam removal process. 

In an action celebrated by Klamath Basin Tribes, conservationists and fishing groups, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) staff on August 27, 2022 released the final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) recommending the removal of the lower four Klamath River Dams.

Dam removal on the Klamath will open up over 240 stream-miles of salmon and steelhead habitat that has been blocked to fish migration for over 100 years. The project, the largest of its kind in U.S. history, is funded by dam owner PacifiCorp and a voter-approved California bond measure.

Frankie Myers, Vice Chair of the Yurok Tribe, said in a tweet, “Klamath Dam removal is on the agenda for the November 17 FERC meeting. With approval next week it marks the last major regulatory hurdle to begin deconstruction. The largest dam removal in US HISTORY!”

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