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PacifiCorp won't buy activists' studies favoring dam removal
Published July 21, 2004
Studies commissioned by environmental
organizations indicate removal of dams on the
Klamath River would be cost effective and
environmentally friendly, the groups announced
PacifiCorp officials say removing the dams
wouldn't save the company money, and it might not
The company found that putting in fish passage
would cost about $100 million and it would be
unknown if it would have any benefits, said Toby
Freeman, PacifiCorp hydro relicensing manager.
He said removing the dams would give the fish
access to habitat that might not be able to
American Rivers, a nationwide non-profit
conservation group, along with California Trout,
Trout Unlimited and the World Wildlife Fund,
issued three reports about the possibilities of
removing some or all of the Klamath River dams.
The cost of removing all the dams was pegged at
"Our goal is the recovery of native fish
populations in the Klamath River Basin," said
Brian Barr of World Wildlife Fund in a press
Freeman said FERC is probably going to ask
PacifiCorp to look into dam removal as a
possibility, and the company will probably do a
The conservation groups aren't the only ones
interested in the effect of the dams on salmon.
"We are taking this lawsuit very seriously,"
Although the groups are free to do what they want
and talk to whom they want, the people they need
to be talking with are the ones from PacifiCorp
involved with the relicensing and the FERC
officials, said Jon Coney, PacifiCorp spokesman.
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