KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Three environmental groups are joining forces to speed up the process of taking out dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California.
The partnership among "Water-Watch, "Oregon Wild" and the "North Coast Environmental Center" will be known as "The Klamath Conservation Partners".
It is taking a position against the dam removal process outlined in part of the "Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement", or KBRA.
The group wants to speed up dam removal and thinks taking out the dams should be separate from the larger KBRA.
The group says independent studies have already shown enough evidence to support dam removal, and further studies and delays are unnecessary.
The group also opposes commercial agriculture on the 22,000 acres of National Wildlife Refuge land currently leased to farmers in the Basin, and wants better protections for endangered fish runs than are provided in the KBRA.