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Urgent Action Alert: State hearings on Klamath Dams on July 22, 31st, and Aug. 1

A big turnout is needed for these state hearings on Warren Buffett's PacifiCorp Dams on the Klamath River. We must stop the pollution of the Klamath with toxic algae by removing the fish-killing dams. Here is the action alert from Regina Chichizola, Klamath Riverkeeper. The time for the July 22 hearing in Sacramento will be announced when it becomes available.640_copco_sampling.jpg original image ( 1000x564)

 
STATE HEARING BEGIN ON PACIFICORPS DAMS
Will California give PacifiCorp a 50-year license to pollute or Un-Dam the
Klamath?

Hearing Dates: July 22nd in Sacramento (Time to be announced)
July 31 in Klamath at the Yurok offices 11-1pm
July 31, in Orleans at the Karuk DNR, 6 to 8
August 1st in Yreka at the Yreka Grange 11-1 pm

PacifiCorpís Klamath Dams threaten the health of the Klamath River by degrading water quality and creating massive blooms of toxic blue green algae on an unprecedented scale. While downstream Tribes, fishermen and recreational interests are continually exposed to these algal toxins, no action has been taken by California to correct the problem. Meanwhile PacifiCorp continues to spend millions to fight impacted communities in court, argues that the states cannot regulate water quality during FERC processes, and suppress their own monitoring results.

California can now stop PacifiCorp's dam pollution

Now the state of California is considering PacifiCorpís application for a Clean Water Act permit for continued operation of the dams. The Clean Water permit may be the most important step in the dam relicensing process as the Supreme Court has ruled that states can deny Clean Water Act permits and thereby trump attempts to relicense polluting dams. Klamath Riverkeeper has joined local communitiesí struggle to make sure PacifiCorp does not get another 50-year permit to pollute.

Take Action to Make the Klamath Fishable and Swimmable
In the next six months there will be multiple public hearings, rallies and comment periods relating to whether PacifiCorp will get this permit. Go to
http://www.klamathriver.org or call our office for sample comments and information on upcoming hearings and rallies. Contact Jennifer Watts at the State Water Board at jwatts [at] waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 341-5397 for background information on the 401-certification.

For rides to Sacramento from the Klamath River or North Coast, call Georgianna Myers, Klamath Riverkeeper Empowerment Project Coordinator, at 707 599-0877 or call Molli White from the Karuk Tribe at 530 627-3346 ext.
6. Email sregonlady [at] gmail.com or regina [at] klamathriver.org for more information.
 
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