From the pages of the Del
Norte Triplicate, March 1960.
The State Water Rights Board has granted a water rights
permit on the Klamath River to the California Oregon Power
Company for its proposed Iron Gate Dam.
The move was hailed by local citizens as a boon to the
county. The dam will serve for both power and flood control,
thus lessening flood danger in the Klamath area. Sportsmen
too have cause to celebrate, since terms of the permit
require measures for protection of the river wildlife.
Under the permit granted by the water rights board, COPCO
will maintain minimum stream flows sufficient to sustain
fish life as recommended by the Department of Fish and Game.
The department was
instrumental in getting the federal power commission to
order the company to build the dam to regulate the stream,
which has fluctuated in such a manner as to cause frequent
fish kills and endanger human life on the Klamath below the
existing COPCO dam.