Board to look at Klamath
by Nathan Rushton, 11/13/2006
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will
consider whether to approve a resolution Tuesday
calling for the removal of four dams — the Iron
Gate, Copco I, Copco II and J.C. Boyle — on the
upper stretches of the Klamath River.
The matter was initiated as a result of a letter
to the board from the Northcoast Environmental
Center, which has called on the supervisors to
pass the resolution calling for the immediate
removal of the dams.
As part of the ongoing re-licensing process for
the four dams, the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission is accepting written comments, which
are due no later than Dec. 1, on the agency’s
Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the
Klamath Hydroelectric Project.
According to the letter to the board from the
NEC’s Erica Terence, the draft version of the
federal agency’s DEIR “makes a mockery of the
National Environmental Policy Act it was filed
under by failing to even consider removal of four
dams,” as well as proposes the “biologically
insupportable solution” of trapping fish and
driving them around the dams.
“As Tim McKay would have done, we are urging
community participation in the process to take
down the Klamath River dams that further deplete
our fishery each year and affect all of us
downstream,” the letter stated.
PacifiCorp, which operates the four
electricity-generating dams, filed an application
on Feb. 25, 2004, with FERC for a new license for
the 161-megawatt Klamath Hydroelectric Project on
the Klamath River between Klamath Falls, Ore., and
The existing project occupies a total of 219 acres
of lands of the United States, which are
administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management
and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
For more information regarding the relicensing or
to view the DEIS, visit www.ferc.gov/industries/hydropower/enviro/eis/09-25-06.asp#skipnavsub.
The board meeting begins at 9 a.m.