A series of four dams on the Klamath River (licensed as FERC P-2082) operated by PacifiCorp has devastated salmon populations on what was one of the nation's most productive salmon rivers. These dams which produce very little power relative to their environmental impacts have long been candidates for removal.
Removing the dams would open up opportunities for a multi-day whitewater trip on the Klamath River, an action that American Whitewater supports. If the dams are not removed in the near-term, American Whitewater’s objectives are to improve river access, obtain publicly accessible real-time flow information via the internet and flow phone, to establish predictable flows to provide and improve whitewater opportunities in respective reaches compatible with the physical and biotic integrity and resource goals of those reaches, and ensure a proper balance of hydropower and non-hydropower needs. We also have a significant interest in the health of salmon and steelhead populations in whitewater rivers, including the Klamath River.
The Klamath River currently meets the needs of multiple interests including but not limited to recreation, power generation, fish and wildlife, cultural, municipal water supply, and agriculture. These potentially competing interests warrant systematic evaluation of each facility individually, the Project holistically, and the river on a local, regional and global scale, to determine the proper balance of water allocation and Project alternatives for respective uses in accordance with the best interests of society.
On Thursday, April 4th, the Department of Interior recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River, listing the action as the Preferred Alternative for a long-term solution to address native fishery and water resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The recommendation was set forth in the Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which provides a comprehensive review of whether partially or fulling removing four dams owned and operated by PacifCorp will help to restore salmon runs to the Klamath River.
Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams
April 8, 2013
Klamath River Restoration Public Comment Period Open (OR/CA)
October 5, 2011
AW Weighs in on Klamath River (OR/CA)
December 11, 2006
Journey to the Sea on Klamath/Trinity
April 14, 2005
Whitewater Flow Studies on Klamath River, Oregon
September 20, 2002
This study will identify river-based recreation opportunities on the upper reaches in the vicinity of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project (Project), develop relationships between flows and the quality of those opportunities, and assess the possible effects
Five recreation resource studies have been conducted to address recreational issues related to PacifiCorp’s Klamath Hydroelectric Project (Project) (FERC Project No. 2082). This document provides a summary of methods, observations, and findings associat
A River Runner’s Guide to a Free-Flowing Upper Klamath