Friday, August 14, 2020

Huffman to Lead Forum Examining Impact of Klamath Dams

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 1:19 PM

click to enlarge The four Klamath River dams slated for removal. - MILES EGGELSTON
  • Miles Eggelston
  • The four Klamath River dams slated for removal.
North Coast Rep. Jared Huffman will lead a live-streamed forum that will examine the impacts of the Klamath Dams on tribes, fisheries, the environment and downstream stakeholders on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.

"The event will focus on four aging dams on the Klamath River owned by PacifiCorp and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, which have made millions for PacifiCorp’s shareholders, but to the detriment of native communities and cultures, and those who depend on the river’s fish," the release states.

Community members can view the forum live on YouTube here. It will also be broadcast by Eureka KEET-TV.

A couple of weeks ago Gov. Gavin Newsom appealed directly to Warren Buffett, the famous CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns Pacificorp, in an effort to save the Klamath dam removal deal.

Read the full release below.
Livestreamed Committee Event August 18: “Examining the Impact of the Klamath Dams on Tribes, Fisheries, the Environment, and Downstream Stakeholders”

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee, will lead a livestreamed forum at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, August 18 titled “Examining the Impact of the Klamath Dams on Tribes, Fisheries, the Environment, and Downstream Stakeholders.” The event will focus on four aging dams on the Klamath River owned by PacifiCorp and Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, which have made millions for PacifiCorp’s shareholders, but to the detriment of native communities and cultures, and those who depend on the river’s fish.

The event will be live on Youtube here. It will also be broadcast by Eureka, California's PBS affiliate, KEET-TV.

Speakers

Chair Jared Huffman

California State Senator Mike McGuire

California Assemblymember Jim Wood

Other Member attendees TBA

Panelists

Panel 1 (Tribal Representatives)

Mr. Joseph L. James

Chairman, Yurok Tribe

Mr. Russell “Buster” Attebery

Chairman, Karuk Tribe

Panel 2 (Fisheries)

Mr. Glen Spain

Northwest Regional Director, Salmon Protection Program Director

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations

Dr. Jacob Kann

Aquatic Ecosystem Sciences, LLC

Dr. Jerri Bartholomew

Department Head of Microbiology

Professor & Director, J.L. Fryer Salmon Disease Laboratory

Oregon State University

Panel 3 (Government and Private Sector Witnesses)

Mr. Scott Bolton

Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Pacific Power, a division of PacifiCorps and a part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Mr. Joaquin Esquivel

Chair

California State Water Resources Control Board

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