California and Oregon - Klamath River Dam Removal

State: California, Oregon
Description:
A proposal from the Klamath River Renewal Corporation to facilitate removal of the four hydroelectric dams clogging the Klamath River - JC Boyle, Copco No. 1 & 2, and Iron Gate is making its way through the regulatory process.  KRRC will then work with other signatories to restore formerly inundated lands, and implement required mitigation measures. The project will be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history and is expected to improve water quality, revive fisheries, create local jobs, and boost tourism and recreation. This move will pave the way for successful reintroduction of anadromous fish to the upper Klamath Basin - restoring the third most productive river for salmon and steelhead on the West Coast.
Removal of the four hydroelectric dams is the first crucial step to restore the health of the Klamath River and the communities that depend upon it. KRRC's focus is to accomplish this first step, and will be an immense boon to the tribes along the Klamath whose cultural, spiritual and economic health is dependent on these waterways and fish populations being healthy. The tribes, conservation and sportsmen groups are collaborating on this project to ensure successful restoration of water quality, water quantity, and the aquatic and terrestrial habitats for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and local communities.