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Agencies, entities receive update on Klamath science review process
by David Smith, Siskiyou Daily News May 7, 2010
Mount Shasta, Calif. — With a brainstorm session underway in Mount Shasta on Thursday, various governmental and tribal agencies met for an update on the studies being done as part of two agreements on the Klamath River and discussed the ways in which the public will be involved in the processes and how to move forward.

The Klamath Secretarial Determination Stakeholder Technical Management Team Briefing addressed the various issues under analysis as part of the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA) and the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, which set out a plan for the possible removal of four dams along the Klamath River and a restoration plan for the basin. Attending the meeting were a number of representatives from various agencies, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior, Siskiyou County, Hoopa Tribe, Karuk Tribe and a number of others.

Under the KHSA, the secretary of the interior is tasked with deciding whether or not the removal of four dams along the Klamath River – Iron Gate, Copco 1, Copco 2 and J.C. Boyle – would  increase salmonid fish populations and whether or not the removal would be in the public interest.

According to Dennis Lynch, program manager for the science team, the secretarial determination will be informed by two “tracks” of research, composed of analysis in a secretarial determination overview report and environmental review according to the California Environmental Quality Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

With interactions from those in attendance, presenters gave updates on the status of the economics, cultural and tribal, real estate, hydrological, sediment and biological studies, among others.

Throughout the next week, the Siskiyou Daily News will feature articles detailing information provided to attendees and the questions and concerns that were raised.
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