December 15th, 2008 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Business, Environment

California Tribe Blasts Klamath Dam Demolition Deal

Klamath Dams

Parties to the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement—an agreement that deals with water rights IF four PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon & Northern California are ever removed—met last week in Sacramento.

Confusingly, those parties are different from the groups party to a November Agreement in Principle to demolish four the PacifiCorp dams on the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California. (The difference is this: The KBRA group does not include PacifiCorp and attempts to deal with a post-dam environment; the AIP includes California, Oregon, PacifiCorp and the federal government and is an effort to arrive at a way to remove the dams).

In essence, PacifiCorp has agreed under heavy pressure from environmentalists, tribes and government agencies to transfer the dams to a third party for eventual removal if certain conditions are met. Some California enviro groups like the agreement; some industrial customers and irrigation groups worry about the rate impact of eliminating low-cost hydro.

Still other groups, such as OregonWild and the Hoopa Valley Tribe, don't like the tentative deal because they say it fails to address water quality issues between now and 2020, when dam removal first might happen.

PacifiCorp says it is simply looking for the most efficient solution to a complicated multi-party brawl.

But here's a letter (PDF) the Hoopa Valley tribe submitted recently to California regulators expressing its concerns.
 
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