KRRC hires community liaison on dam removal
by Holly Dillemuth, Herald and News
Klamath Basin will soon know more about an individual hired
by the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) as a point
person on issues relating to the proposed removal of four
dams on the Klamath River starting in 2020.
Bransom, KRCC executive director, confirmed on Monday the
organization has hired a community liaison for the Klamath
Basin on issues related to the decommissioning of
PacifiCorps’ Iron Gate Dam, Copco No. 1 and No. 2, and J.C.
Bransom said the organization plans to make an announcement
soon about the individual tapped to fill the post. The
person is currently working in the position “just south of
the Basin” in California and will travel as needed,
according to Bransom.
community liaison will serve as kind of a two-way conduit
for information between the KRRC, our staff ... and our
community partners, our signatories as well as the community
we are touching throughout the Basin, all the way from Red
Bluff, Calif., — the mouth of the Klamath River — up to
Chiloquin” Bransom said.
a Nov. 9 open house at Oregon Tech, Bransom said KRRC would
likely locate an office for KRRC and its Klamath Basin
liaison in Klamath Falls.
that is still a consideration for the “near future,” Bransom
said no final decisions have been made.
still assessing space needs and location and timing,”
Bransom said. “It may be that we look at having an office
presence in the near future or it may be something that we
decide to do as we move toward construction, and a need for
KRRC and contracting staff to be closer to the project
location on a day-in, day-out basis.”
the November open house, Bransom said KRRC staff has
collected upwards of two dozen comment cards regarding the
removal of the dams, from both proponents and opponents of
received a lot of questions that are not directly related to
the KRRC’s scope or mission, and have to do with things
primarily related to issues that were intended to be
addressed through the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA)
and the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (UKBCA),
and related vehicles for trying to address the complex
issues of water and resource issues,” Bransom said. “Because
so many of those are outside the scope and mission of the
KRRC, we’re not really in a position to directly address
certainly we received a number of comments and questions
about the impact of the (dam removal) project on irrigated
agriculture and job creation, economic ingenuity impacts,
economic development, and community development-related
Bransom said KRRC plans to host an additional forum sometime
in 2018 to collect additional comments and give the public a
chance to learn more.
will certainly be receptive to invitations or suggestions
for additional meetings,” Bransom said.
meantime, Bransom said he wants to allow the new community
liaison the opportunity to spend some time up in the Klamath
Falls area and get to know folks a little better.
will be important for the individual to spend more time up
there and help me make an assessment of when it would be
appropriate for us to schedule a meeting for those
purposes,” Bransom said.
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