Thirdeye... with all due respect, your comment is utter tripe. It was commercial fishermen, Tribes and businesses dependent on the Klamath all up and down the coast that have led the charge. Plus the Klamath dams simply no longer make economic sense. FERC itself calculated that if they were relicensed they would LOSE more than $20 million/year, every year for the term of their license (see FERC FEIS pg. 4-2, Table 4-3). Why should ANYONE want to keep dams that are so highly destructive, generate only a relative smidgeon of power in return (about 88 MW, all easily replaceable with green power elsewhere), and kill a salmon fishery worth tens of millions to the local community. Not to mention that keeping the dams would cost PacifiCorp customers about twice what removal would cost them -- and for what? Dams that lose money? In this case, dam removal, and restoration of what was once the third largest salmon run in the nation, IS the solution.
-- Glen Spain, for the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations (PCFFA)
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Jul 21, 2016
vol XXVII issue 29
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