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KRRC names community liaison for dam removal

Herald and News by Holly Dillemuth 1/17/18

The Klamath River Renewal Corporation, an independent non-profit formed in 2016 to decommission four Klamath River dams, has announced a community liaison to represent KRRC at events in Klamath, Siskiyou and Humboldt Counties.

Mark Bransom, executive director of the KRRC, expressed his excitement about the hiring of Dave Meurer as community liaison to represent the region. Meurer will reside in California but will travel between regions of the Klamath River, including the Klamath Basin.

“Dave has deep ties in the Klamath region and understands the nuances of how this project fits into the larger vision for resolving water and natural resource management challenges in the Basin,” Bransom said in a news release. “Dave will enhance KRRC’s ability to provide information to the community and respond to a variety of questions about the project.”

Meurer brings experience as a legislative and congressional staff member who spent years gathering community perspectives, forging relationships with local government representatives, tribal and farm interests and residents, according to the release.

He served previously as district representative for Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills), and as deputy district director for former U.S. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif). Meurer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Chico in Political Science and Information & Communication Studies.

“I look forward to reconnecting with stakeholders up and down the Klamath River in my new capacity providing important information on this project,” Meurer said. “I believe KRRC’s work is an important first step to resolving the revolving water crises in the region.”

KRRC will take ownership of and remove four PacificCorp dams – J.C. Boyle, Copco, No. 1 and 2, and Iron Gate – while PacificCorp operates the dams during the interim.

To learn more about KRRC, go online at www.klamathrenewal.org .



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