Thursday, February 4, 2016

Klamath Basin water...

Upper Klamath Lake     photo: Devan Schwartz
PacifiCorp Pursues Dam Removal After Collapse Of Klamath Legislation
by Jeff Mapes OPB | Jan. 20, 2016

PacifiCorp is now trying to reach a quick deal with federal and state regulators to remove four aged dams on the Klamath River.

The aggressive action by the big western utility follows the failure of Congress over the last four years to pass sweeping legislation aimed at ending the water wars in the Klamath Basin that straddles the states of Oregon and California.

Supporters of restoring free flows on one of the West Coast’s biggest salmon rivers are cheered by the prospect of finally seeing the dams demolished. But Klamath Basin farmers say they’re worried they will be left behind without any of the water guarantees included in the federal legislation.....