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Old 09-30-2009   #1
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News: Largest Dam Removal on Klamath - so cool!

This is so cool!

Greenwire -- Wed., September 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM --
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1. WATER: Agreement struck to remove 4 Klamath River dams

SAN FRANCISCO -- In a development that could herald the largest dam removal in modern history, 29 parties signed a draft agreement today to destroy four dams on the Klamath River to restore salmon and steelhead runs that have been partially blocked for the better part of the past century on the California-Oregon border.

The agreement is the product of years of often bitter negotiations among electric utilities, government officials, fishers, farmers, native tribes and environmental groups. Most crucially, it calls for the breaching and removal of four Klamath River hydroelectric plants owned and operated by PacifiCorp.

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Old 09-30-2009   #2
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Living just a few miles from the Klamath this is great news. Of course nothing this big moves quickly and the time frame I've heard is 2021. Which is too bad cause the Klamath is a very sick river and I don't mean that in a good way. And although this is great news it will not be the cure-all for all of the Klamath's ills; the same as many western rivers, the Klamath is over allocation, has too much cow poop, and dewatering of tributaries in No.Ca. compound the other issues (Scott & Shasta)
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