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Proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement raises hackles, and hands, at first hearing

Photo by Deborra Brannon - After the Board of Supervisors held a lengthy first public hearing on the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement and planned a second public hearing, opponents to the agreement raise their hands.

Proposed agreement says that removal of four lower Klamath dams ’is a necessary part of overall restoration effort’

By Deborra Brannon, Siskiyou Daily News 1/23/08

SISKIYOU COUNTY - Opportunity for public comment on the proposed Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement drew a crowd to the Yreka courthouse yesterday.

The board of supervisors held the first of what will likely be several public hearings on the proposed agreement during their regular meeting.

Among the members of the public who packed the board chambers for the hearing, there was clear majority opposition to the document, although one person spoke in favor of it.

The proposed agreement is one of two that would need approval taken together in order to provide the ’comprehensive solution’ envisioned by the settlement group.

PacifiCorp representative Toby Freeman said Tuesday that the proposed agreement reached by the settlement group involves a ’host’ of other Klamath basin issues, and is ’predicated on an agreement yet to be reached with PacifiCorp.’


Supervisor Bill Overman invited Freeman to speak on behalf of PacifiCorp as the public comment period began

’I think the motivation behind this is to force us into an agreement that would involve dam removal,’ Freeman said. ’I’m not saying that a dam removal agreement is definitely off the table, but thus far there is no indication that dam removal is the least costly solution.’

A summary provided at the Web site
www.edsheets.com/Klamathdocs.html states the intention behind the agreement as being ’effective and durable solutions’ which will restore production of fish species

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