vote, county OKs deal for dam removal
Iron Gate Dam Reservoir in northern California is one of the
reservoirs that would be affected by Tuesday's vote to eliminate
dams on the Klamath River.
Klamath County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a
Memorandum of Understanding for the Klamath River Renewal
Corporation's plans to own and remove four Klamath River
consultant Joe Spendolini said the MOU was a way for KRRC to
incorporate local government input in its plans to remove
the four dams – J.C. Boyle in Oregon, and Copco 1 and 2, and
Iron Gate in California – which are currently owned by
dam removal plan needs ultimate approval from the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission, Spendolini said, which
pre-empts normal county permitting processes other local
projects may go through. Spendolini said the MOU, which KRRC
and the commissioners have crafted together over at least
three meetings since November, would honor local concerns
with the project.
actual MOU will likely be submitted into the public record
Wednesday when commissioners are expected to officially sign
the agreement. The Herald and News will obtain and publish a
copy of the agreement online when it is available, and
report on key negotiations made by commissioners.
commissioners’ vote was split – Derrick DeGroot and Kelley
Minty Morris voted to approve the MOU, and Donnie Boyd voted
said he voted against it because he didn’t feel the county
was fairly benefiting from the agreement.
MOU is written to benefit, in my opinion, KRRC,” Boyd said.
“I don’t think it benefits the taxpayers; I don’t think it
necessarily is in our favor.”
said he was concerned the MOU allowed too many opportunities
for KRRC to back out of their agreements with the county.
you’re going to start down this path, I think you need to
finish it,” he said.
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